SECOND NATIONAL FORUM | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 | WASHINGTON, DC
Building a Nation of Hope
for Latino Children
Leveraging community assets to improve educational
opportunities for young Latinos
2010 NATIONAL FORUM REPORT
* Dont fight with your hands fight with your mind teach us children somthing. * I hop to
go to 4rd grader. I hop I want get a jop. I hope I go to High School I hop I get to collepe *
New computers * Folklorico dance classes * My school needs soccer team * Safe bike routs
to school * Garden please * Drug free schools * Peace among all tollerance * More dance,
music, school programs * Frequent city council style meeting for young people to voice their
concerns in their school or community * Deseo inventar cosas * Free after school programs
* Mi deseo es en este día del niño es ser ciudadana y pasar el taas * Mi sueño en este mundo
es que aiga pas en este mundo y que no aiga violencia * I want to graduate from college,
and be a fireman But before I graduate from college I want to be a chef at El Garrion * I wish
that all schools get Spanish books to learn how to write and read. Give use good luck *
When I grow up I want to be a teacher * Deseo jugar basquetból para el NBA y lo que gane,
voy a dar a mi mamá * I wish for a computer * I wish that for me to hava a good education so
I can have a good job * Deseo que mis padres estean juntos otra vez * Yo quiero que todos
los niños tenemos paz y felicidad * I wish our community can learn to pay it forward * I want
to be a doctor * I want to be a truck driver * I wish that my mom and dad won’t fight * Que
en el mundo haya amor * I wish for a castle and a duck and toys and pants for my mom and
dad * Deseo que caiga dinero del cielo para ayudar la familia * When I grow up I want to be
an artist and teach kids how to draw * Cuando yo sea grande quiero ser una dentista y vivo
en Houston Texas. Dentista porque quiero que todos los ninos tengan dientes bonitos *
Deseo que mi familia tengan más sitio en una casa grande*I wish I could stop world hunger
* I wish there were no wars * Deseo que caiga dinero del cielo para ayudar a la familia * If
only I can have a friend that will not call me names. I know that I do not have all the nice
shoes but I think that’s not what a best friends is * I wish for a house with curtains * Yo deseo
tener un caballito! * DAD stop drinking * A SAFE and HAPPY home for ALL girls * I wish
people won’t cut so many tree * Que en el mundo haya amor * When I grow up I want to
be a children doctor * Deseo tener la fuerza de un tornado * Deseo inventar cosas * When I
grow up I want to be a teacher * Drug and violence prevention programs in school and in
the community * Latino classes * Drug free schools * Skating after school * My school needs
a soccer team * Gooooah in school and after school * Folklorico dance classes * College $
for Santi to attend college football * Funds for dual enroolment program * I want music for
a Mariachi Band * International awareness incorporated into the curriculum How others
around the world learn How is learning involved with culture * A flower garden * I wish for
a soccer team * Believe change will come * Martial Arts in after school programs *
Table of Contents
Table of Contents ................................................................................................................................. 3
Letter from the Board Chair ................................................................................................................ 4
Letter from the Executive Director ..................................................................................................... 4
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 5
A National Forum................................................................................................................................. 5
Chronicling Latinos’ Diverse Experience-Demographics ........................................................ 6
A Youth Perspective .................................................................................................................... 6
Leveraging community assets to improve educational
opportunities for young Latinos– Panel ................................................................................. 7
NEA Addresses Ways to Improve Low Performing Schools ........................................11
Advocacy and Education ................................................................................................12
The Future is Now for Young Latinos .............................................................................12
Workgroup Findings and Recommendations: Building a
Common National Agenda ....................................................................................................13
Community Assets Workgroup ......................................................................................14
Education Workgroup ....................................................................................................15
Health Workgroup ..........................................................................................................17
Immigration Workgroup ................................................................................................18
Latino portrayal in general market media ....................................................................19
Youth Workgroup ............................................................................................................20
Planning for the future ...................................................................................................21
La Promesa Partner Directory ..........................................................................................................29
National Forum Sponsors .................................................................................................................47
History of the National Latino Children’s Institute .........................................................................49
National Latino Children’s Agenda ..................................................................................................51
Letter from the Board Chair
Welcome to NLCI’s National Forum!
I am so pleased to welcome all of you as we gather to create a
brighter future for young Latinos. Since its inception, the National
Latino Children’s Institute has been in the forefront of not only
creating initiatives that help communities solve some of the
challenges facing young Latinos, but also in bringing together
diverse groups to discuss the issues. This year is no exception. We
are gathered today to discuss a grave challenge—how to make our
schools and our communities stronger, safer, better so that young
Latinos can succeed and flourish. I am proud to stand with NLCI as
we move forward.
I am also proud of the La Promesa de un Futuro Brillante programs
and their youth who have come here to take part in creating
an advocacy agenda with NLCI. You are the ones that are in the
trenches, who work with young people every day and face challenges that could dishearten
anyone. But you keep on fighting. Thank you for all that you do. I hope that you will continue to
support NLCI and know that the board of directors and I honor and support all of you.
Finally, I hope that all of you will join NLCI tomorrow as we travel to the Senate for the El Día de
los Niños celebration and press event; and then to have a conversation with the experts
at the Pew Hispanic Center. ¡Que viván los niños!
Henry L. Solano, Board Chair
Letter from the Executive Director
On behalf of the National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) and our partners, sponsors and board without whom their support
forums like this would not be possible—welcome! I would like to also acknowledge our presenters that have taken the time to
share information with us on what we can do together with the La Promesa network and other partners to create safe and healthy
environments for and with young Latinos.
In preparation for this forum I reflected on my life as a student and my experiences in public school and at university. There
was always one common denominator along my path and journey —a caring adult—my grandmother, my parents, a teacher,
a professor. It takes just one person to care and open a door, to make a difference. Imagine the possibilities if it were a whole
community working together to ignite hope for the future. Today, too many young Latinos feel a sense of hopelessness. While this
is not true in every community, it is the reality in which many youth are living; and it needs to be acknowledged and addressed.
We need to work with the whole community, including young people and see how we can support the work that will restore
children’s hope and optimism. They have the answers and this is why we are here today.
According to Pew Hispanic Center, never before in this country’s history has a minority ethnic group made up so large a share
of the youngest Americans. By force of numbers alone, these young Latinos will shape the kind of society America becomes in
the 21st century and beyond. But in order to increase the high school completion rate, the public and private sectors must work
together with the community to improve public schools and neighborhoods. On this day together we will build a common
advocacy agenda to present to policymakers. This is the first step as we build an ongoing strategy. Together let us build a nation
of hope not just for, but with young Latinos. Enjoy today and I hope you take back new strategies and partnerships to assist you in
your work. ¡Juntos adelante!
Josephine F. Garza
The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI), in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA),
Southwest Airlines, and Univision, provided an opportunity through the forum for young Latinos, policymakers, and
local and national partners working with or on behalf of Latino children and their families, to develop strategies and
solutions to ensure healthy communities and schools in which children can succeed.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s report, Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America,
“Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States. One-in-five schoolchildren is Hispanic.
One-in-four newborns is Hispanic. Never before in this country’s history has a minority ethnic group made up so large
a share of the youngest Americans. By force of numbers alone, the kinds of adults these young Latinos become will
help shape the kind of society America becomes in the 21st century.” Unfortunately, the high school dropout rate
among Latino youths (17%) is nearly three times as high as it is among white youths (6%) and nearly double the rate
among blacks (9%).
In order to increase the high school completion rate, the public and private sectors must work together with the
community to improve schools and neighborhoods. A variety of factors affecting Latino children’s education,
including language abilities, immigration status of the family, health and safety, as well as the quality of schools were
addressed through the forum.
A National Forum
NLCI convened 150 representatives and youth from La Promesa organizations (programs that utilize best practices
for working with young Latinos), its national network of Latino children’s service providers including stay-in-school
programs, after school programs, health care, mentoring, and tutoring. A joint advocacy agenda was created with and
on behalf of young Latinos. This forum provided youth and stakeholders the opportunity to dialogue directly with
policy makers, media representatives, funders, and other national and local leaders to leverage community assets to
improve educational opportunities for young Latinos.
The purpose of the forum was to promote a children’s agenda to ensure that all children succeed. The outcome was to
make recommendations to establish a common advocacy agenda for NLCI and its community partners.
Chronicling Latinos’ Diverse Experience-Demographics
Mark Lopez, Associate Director at
Pew Hispanic Center
Mark Lopez reported that currently 46.8 million Latinos reside in the United States. He
made two additional comments about the Latino population: the Latino population is
younger than the general population, and native born Latinos are younger than foreign
Additionally, he stated that Latinos are
16% of the general population,
18% of 16 to 25 year olds,
20% school-aged children, and
represent 25% of newborns in the United States.
Additionally, the majority of 16-25 year olds are born in the United States. Of this group
34% are born abroad,
37% are U.S. born of immigrant parents (1st generation), and
29% are U.S. born grandchildren of immigrants (2nd generation).
According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s 2009 report, Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in
America, Latino youth are optimistic about the future; most are satisfied and expect to be better off than their parents,
and 88% of Latinos 16-25 said college is important. Given this information, educational expectations still lag—only
48% of Latinos have a bachelor’s degree or higher while 60% of the general population attained a bachelor’s degree.
Latinos continue to have a high dropout rate (currently 17%), and Latinos ages 18-24 are less likely to be enrolled in
So why aren’t they in school? Lopez found that 74% of young Latinos reported “needing to support the family” as the
number one reason for not pursuing a higher education while 49% reported that it was due to limited English skills,
and 40% reported that it was because of a lack of funds. Additional findings included that 26% of 19-year-old Latinas
were mothers, and 23% of the 16-24-year-old Latinos lived in poverty.
On April 29, 2010, the Pew Hispanic Center invited the forum youth and participants to a brown bag lunch to discuss
the report in greater detail.
A Youth Perspective
Melina Lerma, Graduate, Small Folks Development Center Lansing, MI
Since its inception, NLCI has always included youth as an important part of any forum. Young
people bring a unique and current perspective to any issue. Melina Lerma is a graduate and
alumna of the Small Folks Development Center in Lansing, MI. This center is one of NLCI’s La
Promesa de un Futuro Brillanrte award winners (1997). She graduated from Lansing Eastern
High School and recently graduated from Lansing Community College. She is 24 years old
and a single mom of 2 children, daughter 5, and son 3.
Lerma spoke of the importance of programs that understand and support young Latinos,
such as Small Folks. She spoke about the difference such organizations make, especially now
as a single mother, and about the importance of giving back to the organization that helped
her and many others to finish school and go on to college.
Leveraging community assets to improve educational opportunities for
young Latinos– Panel
The NLCI is the nation’s voice for championing the hopes, aspirations,
dreams, and policy agendas for young Latinos. Throughout the years, NLCI
has brought together people from diverse walks of life to:
document Latino children’s issues and bring them to the forefront of
the nation’s attention through public education campaigns that value
identify, recognize, and promote community initiatives, projects,
programs, and policies that make a positive difference in the lives of
Latino children—and highlight best practices in local communities;
organize, mobilize, and develop the assets and strengths of Latino
families and youth to create communities of opportunity and hope for
The panel at the forum represented leaders from both the government and private sectors to lay out the current
status of young Latinos through their particular lens. Each had a perspective that helped the participants of the
forum understand the challenges facing Latino children and youth, and helped prepare them for the work of forging
recommendations that would take place in the afternoon.
José Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanic Americans, U.S. Department of Education
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans was
established in September 1990, by President George H.W. Bush to provide advice and
guidance to the Secretary of Education on issues related to Hispanics and to address
academic excellence and opportunities for the Hispanic community.
To gauge the current school climate in Hispanic communities nationwide, the White
House Initiative engaged more than 6,000 people in 19 states, the District of Columbia,
and Puerto Rico in nearly 90 “Community Conversations” between late June and mid-
Purpose of the Community Conversations:
To introduce (or reintroduce) the White House Initiative to the Latino community;
To hear key challenges and priorities named by community members on the frontlines of the entire education
system—from early childhood and K-12 to higher education, adult education, and beyond—as it specifically
related to the Latino community; and
To enlist individuals and organizations to join the White House Initiative and its national network of best practices
and action, effectively partnering together with others across the country to work on these key issues.
How can Latino education be improved?
What should the White House Initiative be doing to spearhead these efforts?
The list of cities and some of the responses are available on-line: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-
Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, Office of Safe and
Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Kevin Jennings spoke about school safety as a much broader issue than the shootings,
drugs and gang violence that make the evening news. In a truly safe school, he believes,
every student should feel like they belong, are valued, are physically and emotionally
Jennings, as “Safe Schools Czar”, seeks to ensure that schools are safe places where every
young person can focus on learning.
In addition, he spoke about the fear students have about unsafe schools and the
environment surrounding the school. He shared statistics from two reports from the U.S. Department of Justice and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Percentage of students ages 12–18 who
reported being afraid of attack or harm,
away from school: 2007
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics,
School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime
Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2007.
Percentage of students in grades 9–12
who reported having been in a physical
fight during the previous 12 months,
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics,
School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime
Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2007.
Percentage of students in grades 9–12
who reported carrying a weapon at least
1 day during the previous 30 days,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
(YRBSS), various years, 1993–2007.
Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who
reported carrying a weapon at least 1 day
during the previous 30 days, anywhere:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center
for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth
Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years,
Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who
reported using alcohol during the previous
30 days, anywhere: 2007.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center
for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth
Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years,
In his closing remarks, Jennings stated that the entire community needed to work in partnership to find solutions to
address the issue of creating safe environments and schools for young people.
Peter Grevatt, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Children’s Health, Office of the Administrator, Environmental
Dr. Grevatt spoke about children and how they may be more vulnerable to environmental
exposures than adults because:
Their bodily systems are still developing.
They eat more, drink more, and breathe more in proportion to their body size.
Their behavior can expose them more to chemicals and organisms.
EPA views childhood as a sequence of life stages from conception through fetal
development, infancy, and adolescence.
Protecting children’s health from environmental risks is fundamental to EPA’s mission.
The Office of Children’s Health at EPA is concerned about where children live, learn,
and play, and the hazards they may encounter.
Many Latino children live in areas where their health may be adversely affected by the
The OCHP website has additional information and links to resources:
Facts about children’s environmental health
Potential environmental hazards
Where children live, learn, play
Tips to protect children
Teresa Niño, Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal body responsible for
administering Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS also runs the State Children’s Health
Insurance Program (SCHIP), which is jointly financed by the Federal and State governments, and
is administered by individual States.
Teresa Niño stated that data shows that children with health insurance are less likely to miss
school and have an easier time focusing on their studies. Because National Council of La Raza
data indicates that Hispanic families are less likely to have access to health insurance through the workplace, HHS
public health programs, like CHIP and Medicaid, are critical for Latino families who would otherwise go uninsured.
Unfortunately, there are many communities throughout the nation in which Latino children are less likely to have their
education and health needs addressed, compared to children belonging to other ethnic groups. Children’s health
insurance programs are important to keeping Latino children healthy and active. Niño spoke about the benefits of the
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Medicaid insurance program, and the connection between healthy
children and children who excel in school.
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President and CEO
ASPIRA Association, La Promesa de un Futuro Brillante, 1998
The ASPIRA Association, a 501(C)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization
dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic
youth. Since 1961, ASPIRA has been working at the grass-roots level to provide programs that
encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, to prepare them to succeed in the educational
arena, to develop their leadership skills, and to serve their community.
It is organized in eight states and Puerto Rico, and it has extensive national presence through
its partnerships with hundreds of regional, state, and local education community-based
organizations. It currently serves over 85,000 students each year through its ASPIRA Clubs in schools and its after-
school education and guidance programs. ASPIRA is a diverse organization working with Puerto Ricans, Dominicans,
Central Americans, Mexicans, and Cubans, as well as with African Americans, non-Hispanic whites, and Haitians,
The ASPIRA Process and ASPIRA’s Success—Over the years, ASPIRA has developed a highly successful model for
intervention called the “ASPIRA Process.” This process teaches young people to become aware of their own situation
and that of their community, to analyze the root causes of barriers to their success, and to take action for positive
changes in their personal lives and the life of their community, all within the context of reinforcing pride in their
cultural background as well as their self-esteem. Because of this process and the services ASPIRA offers, more than
95% of Aspirantes (ASPIRA’s students) complete high school, and over 90% go on to college. For more information visit
ASPIRA’s programs consist of:
After school Educational Programs
ASPIRA Leadership Clubs
Mentoring Program ASPIRA Parents for Excellence (APEX)
CASA Mas—Student Resources College Information
College Search—Community Allies for Smart Access to Math and Science
Community Technology Center (CTC)
Financial Education Institute
Family Resources Help
Highway Traffic Safety Program
Diana Cristina Díaz, Director of Corporate & Community Relations
Univision Communications, Inc.
Univision Communications, Inc., is the premier Spanish-language media company in the
United States with a powerhouse portfolio of media assets that not only inform and entertain
Hispanics, but provide them with a vital link to their community.
Es el momento (The Moment is Now) is a comprehensive, multi-platform, multi-million dollar,
three-year national education initiative. The campaign is aimed at improving academic
achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on increasing rates of high school graduation,
college readiness, and college completion, and on engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community in these
The Spanish-language campaign goes across all Univision platforms–television, radio, online, and mobile, and
is conducted in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and
community, education, and civil rights groups from around the country. Award-winning Univision news anchor, Jorge
Ramos, is the campaign’s primary spokesperson. In addition, an Advisory Board with experts in education has been
established to assist Univision in the on-going development of the multi-year campaign.
For more information dedicated to the campaign, go to www.eselmomento.com.
NEA Addresses Ways to Improve Low Performing Schools
Gilda M. Bloom-Leiva, Hispanic Caucus Chair
National Education Association
Luncheon Keynote Speaker and Forum Co-Sponsor
Low performing schools often have a high concentration of students of color. Gilda M.
Bloom-Leiva stated that the Latino population is growing in large numbers, and that if,
as a community, Latinos don’t address the issues that plague the students today, we are
weakening our country’s future. We need to ensure that when the workforce of the future
needs creative talent, Latino students are prepared.
There are approximately 10 million Latino students across the United States, and NEA
has long recognized the need to improve public education for students in this community. NEA has lead efforts,
from supporting the inclusion of the first bilingual education programs, to seeking changes in the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act so that schools and students are not labeled as failing and punished based on narrow test
score. NEA also fights for equity in school funding so that all students have access to great public schools, regardless of
where they live.
NEA continues to advocate for school-wide and district-wide professional development to enrich teaching and to
enhance achievement among English language learners. The association also works to expand opportunities for
learning through community service and to encourage service-learning opportunities that increase the relevance of
academic knowledge to real-world experiences for high-risk youth.
Bloom-Leiva stated that access to quality education will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Latino students,
from early education all the way through post-secondary education. In order to make this happen, the community will
need to address critical issues such as language barriers and dropout rate reduction among Latino students.
Advocacy and Education
Veronica Rivera, Legislative Staff Attorney
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Veronica Rivera declared that education is essential to the development of every child and for the
progress of every community. In the United States, every child is entitled to a free high-quality
K-12 public education, regardless of race, nationality, native language, gender, or immigration
status, and is free to enjoy it without the fear of unlawful discrimination or deportation.
As a policy analyst on education for MALDEF, Rivera spoke about the importance of engaging
parents in the critical discussion of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. Since 1989, MALDEF’s instituted
the Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program, which has empowered parents and community leaders throughout
the United States to become change agents in their communities. The PSP program provides them with the tools
necessary to become effective advocates in improving their children’s educational attainment.
Rivera spoke of the research and lessons learned in the field of education that taught us that in order to increase
educational attainment, parents must be involved in their children’s education. However, to achieve greater student
academic success and parent involvement, it takes parents, teachers, principals, school district administrators,
community organizations, other leaders, and the business community to partner and work collaboratively with one
another—to help young Latinos succeed and graduate.
The Future is Now for Young Latinos
Gloria Rodríguez, President &CEO
Comunicad, Inc. & NLCI Emeritus Board Member
Gloria Rodríguez addressed an important issue that is not only dear to all of the participants,
but as stated in the latest Pew research, is also one of the most pressing issues that will shape
the future of the Latino community. As a communications professional, she has worked on
behalf of the Hispanic community for many years.
Rodríguez spoke of the copious negative coverage that surrounds the Latino community.
High drop-out rates! Gangs! Higher teen pregnancy rates! More likely to go to jail, to get diabetes,
to be obese! Those are just a number of headlines that are heard day-to-day, and these are just
those related to Latino youth.
She recently read a news story in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal called “Against All Odds:
First-generation Hispanic college students find success on college campus.” It was a positive story about Hispanic
students attending Texas Tech and how, despite financial barriers or lack of family support, these three young Latinos
were on the road to becoming the first college graduates in their families. They were studying to achieve their dreams
of becoming an engineer, lawyer, and doctor.
However, she was struck by the article’s first line, which stated: “Statistically speaking, Alex Saez should be in jail.” Now,
the line certainly does catch one’s attention for many reasons. She said, “As a former journalist, I’m pretty sure the
reporter’s intent initiating so forcefully was to get people to stop and read as she wove the storyline towards a positive
outcome. Yet, more importantly, what kind of fundamental message does that opening communicate about our
Rodríguez asked, “How did we get to the point that going to college and graduating has become newsworthy? And
how do we get to a place where dropping out of school becomes the exception, not the rule?”
Rodríguez believes that as people of influence in the Hispanic community, community leaders should do all they
can to achieve the latter. Everyone would agree that community engagement is a critical component to improving
education attainment in the Latino community. Community leaders, family members, and others can be positive role
models and help Latino youth see that a college education is a possibility—despite the negative barriers.
Rodríguez quoted Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole
community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I
die, for the harder I work, the more I live.”
Rodríguez considers community engagement and service to the Latino community the driving philosophy of her life
and her company. When it comes to the collective work on providing this community a support system—whether
it be through after school programs, mentoring and tutoring, health care, or any of the other programs that the La
Promesa network spearheads—everyone can have a huge impact in the lives of Latino youth. For example, Thelma
Melendez de Santa Ana, the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of
Education, was recently featured in Hispanic Business and named 2010 Woman of the Year. In the article, she talks
about her high school guidance counselor shattering her dreams of going to UCLA by saying to her, “Absolutely not,
because you won’t make it there.” She did end up attending UCLA, thanks to her hard work, but also thanks to the
encouragement she got from a mentor. After graduating from high school, she asked a teacher if he thought she could
make it at UCLA; he responded, “Absolutely!”
This story is a great example of the role that teachers, parents, and other community figures—like the forum
participants—play in helping Latino youth achieve their dreams, and how critical it is to have an engaged community
involved in the education attainment of young Latinos.
Rodríguez further commented on the forum’s theme, building a brighter future for Latino youth and building a nation
of hope. She said, “Planting that glimmer of hope, even if the statistics are stacked against us, is such an important
part of the work we need to do. After all, hope is what ignites the flame that drives many young people to pursue their
In the article that Rodríguez mentioned about Alex Saez (the student who beat the statistics), Saez says, “When I was in
middle school, it hit me that I needed to go to college. I started working at it my freshman year. I told myself I’d never
be in the same situation my father was. I just couldn’t handle that, so I decided higher education is the way to go.”
“This epiphany and aspiration fed his drive to beat the odds and work hard, despite the financial barriers and despite
the fact that he didn’t have parents who were encouraging him to study hard. It was this feeling that his dream would
happen that pushed him forward to attaining his goal,” said Rodríguez.
Although she was asked to close the forum by talking a bit about the future, she repeated a “dicho” instead, “No hay
tiempo como el presente”, or “There is no better time than the present.” Rodríguez believes that a person’s present
action determines their future success, underscoring the importance of the forum. She concluded, “Despite the
obstacles, today we must forge ahead to help pave the way for younger generations, so they have the opportunities
“Together, as we continue to serve the community by finding solutions and working hard, our Latino youth will be
able to positively impact the future of our country. After all, la educación es la única cosa que nadie te podrá quitar.
Education is the only thing that no one can take away from you,” Rodríguez said.
Workgroup Findings and Recommendations: Building a Common
The Latino population skews younger than the U.S. population, and Hispanic children account for 24 percent of the
total population younger than five. Furthermore, 62 percent of the 9.9 million Hispanic family households in the
U.S. included children younger than 18. When 21.5 percent of Hispanic households fall below the poverty rate, and
Latino children face a number of significant health challenges, and educational and social disparities due to their
socioeconomic status, it is imperative that everyone works together to help find solutions and to provide programs
that will aid in their complete and healthy development. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2007, one out
of five Hispanic households fell below the poverty level, and with today’s economic challenges, the probability of this
number increasing is high. At times, these challenges can seem insurmountable to those working at the local, state,
and national levels.
The second half of the forum allowed participants the opportunity to discuss and develop strategies to address some
of the most pressing challenges facing Latino children and to develop recommendations, together with NLCI, to be
used at the local and national levels in the following areas:
Latino Portrayal in General Market Media
Each group addressed the following:
What’s missing in your community? Identify gaps.
What are the challenges?
What are the strengths?
What are your recommendations / advocacy priorities for NLCI?
Community Assets Workgroup
Community assets are an important component of building
healthy communities that will allow young people to grow in
healthy and safe environments in which they can learn. There
are many agencies and organizations that can help families and
schools provide support for the community. The organizations
Concrete and proactive parental involvement strategies
Substance abuse issues
Creation of safe and neutral spaces
Dissemination of information in all languages
Meeting at a time convenient for parents
There are many myths surrounding poverty and communities
of color, and they need to be addressed through workshops,
meetings, or working with promotores / community health workers to provide real information that debunks these
Being more professional
Including role models
Reviewing cultural competences
Honoring Latino past
Increasing networking to empower the community
Simplifying the certification experience (teachers)
At times the Latino community is viewed as not valuing or caring about education. This is untrue. Often it is because
the families do not understand how institutions and laws work. The workgroup identified the following challenges
within the communities:
Understanding how to hold the system accountable
Re-creating safe communities, because they are no longer available
No front porches anymore
• Foster care system needs revamping
• Need more foster families
Laws need to change to support families
Families need healing
The workgroup identified the following positive assets that are working in their communities:
Organizations that are currently working with students so they can be successful in school and graduate, but there
still exists a need for more of these services / organizations.
Creating safe spaces where children can play and learn without being afraid
Development of partnerships with private universities and colleges to encourage higher education
Expanding trainings opportunities
• College boards
Parental engagement programs that
• Meet the needs of parents and care takers, and provide materials and information in a culturally competent
• Partner with Big Brother / BigSisters to assist with providing stability for children
• Educate agencies and schools, and establish communication that is culturally and linguistically appropriate
between parents and institution.
• Use and connect with the business community
• Assist in upgrading city parks to create clean and safe environments where children and families can be active
• Model strengths of the community
• Honor culture and share experience—parents as teachers
Once the workgroup identified the challenges and strengths, it was recommended that the two most important
community assets were to establish and support the development and replication of model programs and to advocate
1. Parental Engagement & Involvement Partnerships
2. Replication and marketing of positive models
The Latino community faces many challenges; poverty rates are double
that of the national average; drop out rates are higher too; Latinos are
the fastest growing community, but even with the myriad of issues and
challenges, Latino parents still place high importance on education, and
they expect their children to go to college (Huffington Post. Hispanics
Place Higher Emphasis on Education, Poll Reports. Associated Press-
Univision Poll; July 7, 2010.)
The National Education Association has led efforts to improve
educational opportunities for Latino students from supporting the first
bilingual education program to seeking changes in the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act so that school funding is equitable and so
that all students can have access to “great public schools” regardless of
where they live. In spite of the efforts of NEA and other organizations,
much remains to be done, and all must work together. The workgroup
identified the following issues and challenges Latino students face in
completing school or being college ready:
Family literacy—understanding education process/lingo
Lack of responsive representation at policy making tables
Access/availability of resources in schools and communities
Accountability—resources aren’t being provided
Cuts in funding and incentives for education (PK-12 and higher education)
Access to public health (insurance, high quality MDs, medical centers, food)
Communication of healthy eating/choices by media
Foundation funding for CBOs for support services
Substance abuse treatment/prevention programs
Holding Latino organizations accountable
Stereotypes of Latinos
Lack of support for bilingual programs
Old educational paradigms
City leaders need to advocate for funding/resources
Global competitiveness and sustainability
Latino students are tracked in social services/work
Low college completion rates/low number of Latino faculty (need more role models)
Teen pregnancy—need more prevention programs and services
Immigration AB540 Students
Dream Act not passed
Given all the challenges Latino students face, the workgroup identified the following strengths:
Native language (Spanish, American Indian languages)
Good sense of humor
Work well with others
Strong social networkers
Artistic / communicate through art
Come in all colors
Ganas / motivated
As the work group listed the positive personal attributes of the Latino community, the participants identified the
following recommendations and advocacy priorities:
Utilize community-based native language formal instruction
School-based multilingual, multicultural education program
Public policy must make fully funding education a priority for all
Public briefing on how education systems work from policy perspectives for parents
Provide tax incentives to employers for parent release time
Access to high quality universal pre-K programs
Reduce requirements for eligibility for high need programs (e.g. Pre-K, Health, etc.)
Program should be based on citizenship of child, not parent
Pass DREAM Act
Keep people working and guarantee college grads a job upon graduation
Recipients of federal funding should follow best practices
Once the workgroup identified the challenges, strengths, and priorities, it was recommended that the two most
important education priorities were to establish quality early childhood education programs and to support the
development of best practices for model programs and advocate for:
1. High quality early child hood education program which includes proficient multiculturalism, multilingualism, and
2. Public policy that makes funding a priority and follows best practices for PK-20
Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States. In 2007, 32.1
percent of the Hispanic population was not covered by health
insurance, as compared to 10.4 percent of the non-Hispanic
White population (Office of Minority Health-DHHS). 19% of
Latino children live without health insurance coverage in
comparison to white non-Latino children at 7% (U.S. Census
Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey Public Use
In the United States, the increasing prevalence of overweight
and obese children and adults is a serious concern. Obesity
is a chronic disease that currently affects nearly one-third
of the adult American population. Obesity in children and
adolescents has many health and social consequences that
often continue into adulthood. Today, over 60% of the U.S.
population is overweight, and for Latinos, this is even more urgent. In 2007, 41% of Latino children were overweight or
obese, compared with 27% of non-Hispanic White children. 1
Obesity, especially when developed at a young age and carried into adulthood, is associated with Type 2 diabetes,
heart disease, stroke, hypertension, asthma, sleep apnea, and some types of cancer. 2 Taking into consideration
that Latinos are the second largest population group, this trend is alarming. Hispanics make up 22% of all children
under age of 18 in the United States—up from 9% in 1980 (Pew Hispanic Center) and are at high risk for many health
problems. Researchers estimate that a Latino born in 2000 has a 50% chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The workgroup identified the following issues and challenges Latinos face in accessing health care:
Medicaid: access to the program
Discrimination for not having insurance
Discrimination for not having Medicare
Culturally competent / sensitive health care
Legal misinformation when applying for health services
Marketing or lack thereof
The lack of “Que dirán?” (What will people say?)
1 NCLR. The State of Latino Children and Youth in the United States. October 2009.
2 Salud America! The RWJF Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children. http://www.saludamerica.org/. February 19,
Communication: reading and writing
Stress in the Latino population
Crowded living spaces
Fear in accessing services
Health services need to be more culturally sensitivity
Need more mental health services
Eligibility criteria/crisis not preventive
Eligibility requirements should be standardized
Given all the challenges Latinos face in accessing health care and building healthy communities, identifying what
is working in the community was challenging. There are many community health clinics and agencies that are
addressing the needs of the Latino community, but they are few and far between—and funding is being cut in many
communities. The workgroup members identified the following strengths for accessing health care:
Utilize cultural competencies in delivering health services
Provided mental health services
Eligibility criteria is preventive vs. crisis
Eligibility requirements are standardized and bilingual
Utilized promotores / community health workers in promoting health
Integrate health in all education initiatives
Once the workgroup identified the challenges and strengths, it was recommended that the two most important
priorities were to establish a quality health care system that is inclusive, to support the development of best practices
for model programs and to advocate to:
1. Promote health prevention and outreach to the community through a promotores / community health workers
model that includes immigrants
2. Reduce disparity in a culturally sensitive and family-centered manner
For more than 500 years, the people of this nation, except those of Native American descent, have been immigrants.
The “founding fathers” were all from immigrant families. Additionally, Hispanics have been a part of this land since
before the founding of Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. In recent months, the children of immigrants born in the
United States are being condemned as criminals, yet according to Pew Hispanic Center’s recent report, Unauthorized
Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children, there are “5.1 million
children born of immigrant parents, of whom 4 million are U.S.
The immigrant population, specifically Latinos, has an earned
history of contributing to this country’s development and will
continue to do so; and the children are the center and most
precious aspect of immigrant communities. As this country
debates the issue of immigration, it is important to not utilize the
children as political fodder to win elections and to avoid the real
issues of comprehensive immigration reform, job creation, health
care, and education. Instead, the country should focus on solving
the issues that impact the safety, rights, education, well-being,
and protection of all children.
The workgroup identified the following issues and challenges
that Latinos face when it comes to immigration status:
DREAM Act for students
Walk-a-thon to DC
Criminalization of illegal immigrants in Arizona
Given all the challenges Latinos face, the workgroup identified the following strengths:
Organizations unify students through arts, empowering students regardless of where they come from
Agencies involved in all areas—schools, the undocumented, translators to assist families and get their needs met;
Media and its presentation of human interest stories
As the workgroup reviewed the challenges and strengths of the Latino community, they identified the following
Community must get involved
Educate the community—ESL resources, etc.
Communicate with your legislators
Once the workgroup identified the challenges, strengths, and priorities, it was recommended that the two most
important immigration priorities were to advocate for:
1. Comprehensive immigration reform, to include the DREAM Act
2. From a humanitarian aspect, speaking and writing against Arizona Immigration laws and any other states doing
the same thing
Latino portrayal in general market media
An Univision-Associated Press poll conducted March-June, 2010, interviewed more than 1,500 Hispanics in both
English and Spanish. The poll found that many English speaking Latinos are turning to Spanish language TV and
radio not just for coverage but for the cultural connection. Among English speaking Latinos, 4 in 10 said they turn to
Spanish language media coverage, and 35% said they believe English language media portrays Latinos in a negative
The workgroup identified the following issues and challenges that Latinos face when it comes to media:
Undocumented: Not just Latinos
Stories that sell are “labeling”
Journalists: need to cover the issues fairly, i.e., borders
Not enough positive stories
Audience—Latino vs. America
Negative stories sell first vs. positive stories
Myths: gangs, criminals = Latinos
Greatest gap to overcome—Stereotypes
Given all the challenges Latinos face, the workgroup identified
the following strengths:
Children—there are positive characters geared for
• After-school programs / educational programs
• Dora & Diego (mainstream Latina character)
“Tweens”—Programming targeting teens
Programs / Content: What are they teaching our community?
In addition to identifying the challenges and strengths of the Latino community, they also identified the following
recommendations and advocacy priorities:
Public File / “Advocacy Groups” Organizations
Action for Children’s Television
“Homework”/Learn their media language
Meetings with News Directors, Station Managers, Sponsors
Form partnerships with groups (organizations)
Tap into all platforms, not only news
Conduct “Ascertainment” Groups to local media, business, and political leaders
Hispanic Advocacy Day—Be prepared
Provide experts and spokespeople
Once the workgroup identified the challenges, strengths, and priorities, it was recommended that the two most
important media priorities were to:
1. Establish a network of experts and media spokespersons
2. Organize social media networks to advocate for change
Young Latinos, many with two cultures and languages in their
daily life, are forging into career opportunities their families
only dreamed of while some have found barriers too great to
cross. They often confront obstacles such as access to
educational opportunities and healthcare resources while
struggling to live safely in marginalized neighborhoods.
Consequently, greater numbers of Latino children face a
number of disparities resulting in high rates of childhood
obesity, leading to diabetes and reduction in life span, to higher
dropout rates due to living environments.
The approach to the youth workgroup was a little different, as
it was a dialogue to encourage the young people to discuss
the issues they face and to forge a connection with the other youth at the forum. Below are the questions and their
What programs are available to you in your community?
Silver City NM—Not many youth programs—lots of older people who don’t want change
San Pablo—Not many programs only Los Centzontles
Lansing—Only find programs if you know people
Fairfax Co—There are many resources
Has your school prepared you for the future? Some said yes, with the
majority describing difficult situations in their schools. These included:
School environment is difficult
Test—only core (8th grade material)
Lansing ISD—there aren’t any textbooks due to cuts
Separation of ESL / other students
Drugs—use, selling, peer pressure
Gangs (5%) of population. Newcomers want to be like them, and it
affects all students
Teachers favor others
There are weapons in the schools
Teachers’ expectations are low—they underestimate Latinos
Students need to know they will be supported
Teachers need to teach
Racism is evident and so are stereotypes
Immigration status is an issue
No parental supervision / relationship
What can you do?
Talk to others
Present diversity awareness
Mentor somebody—kids need someone to look up to
Work to see more Latinos in the public’s eye
What should NLCI do?
1. Have an annual gathering of youth and establish a group of youth that can work on the issues through social
2. Help students get the information they need to change their schools and keep them informed by developing an
advocacy kit that can be used by youth in their community
Planning for the future
NLCI will continue to build on its strength of developing initiatives, programs,
and advocacy strategies that are in-culture to support community efforts
across the country that assist young Latinos to succeed in school and beyond.
The recommendations from the youth and the workgroups will be used by
NLCI in its work with government, foundations, and the private sector. NLCI
recommends that the participants of this forum, and others interested in these
topics, should form workgroups within their communities to study the issues
and find the solutions that best work for their community. NLCI will support the
work by providing information, linking workgroups, and highlighting the issues
in appropriate forums with policy makers and others.
The notion that our children are the future is generally accepted. What has not
been recognized is the demographic reality that Latino children constitute our
future in a profound way. As Mark Lopez pointed out in his presentation, Latino children now make up 20 percent of
the youth population—and 25 percent of babies born. These are not numbers that are going to go away. In fact, they
will continue to grow. And if the current trends do not change, what does this mean for the future?
A higher percentage of the population drops out of school
Less educated or prepared population enters the workforce
A more sick, overweight/obese population
Fewer tax dollars collected
Less money collected for social security (as the Boomer population is aging)
A greater divide
The extent to which Latino children grow and develop, succeed or fail, prosper or perish is a good measure of our
common future. This country has the opportunity now to change the direction, not only for Latino children, but for all
Americans. This is about the continued growth of this nation, not just Latino children. The National Latino Children’s
Institute is working to ensure a country in which Latino children flourish as America prospers.
The Agenda has been the cornerstone of NLCI’s work since the beginning. All programs, events, and publications have,
in some way, answered the call to action that was forged in 1994. Today, the Agenda’s preamble still resonates with
the feelings of pride, and perhaps even a touch of sorrow, in the fight for young Latinos. In closing, NLCI offers the
preamble—to remember, to honor, and to unite for the long fight ahead.
Preamble of the National Latino Children’s Agneda
We, the family of the National Latino Children’s Institute, acknowledge and understand:
Latinos are an integral part of this country’s past, present, and future;
the Latino population has contributed significantly to this country’s development and will
continue to do so; and
children are the center and the most precious aspect of Latino families and communities.
It is to our children that we presently and historically devote our lives. The children are
interconnected with their ancestors, extended family, and community. In advocating for
Latino children, we are also indirectly advocating for the dignity, respect, and fair treatment
of all children. We stand united in the effort to assure the physical, emotional, mental, and
spiritual well-being of those we represent: the children.
Presenter Biographical Sketches
Diana Cristina Díaz, Director of Corporate & Community Relations, Univision
Diana Cristina Díaz, is director of Corporate and Community Relations for Univision
Communications Inc., the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. She is
responsible for supporting in the development and day-to-day management of the company’s
Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and is a key member of the Company’s external affairs
group, responsible for building and fostering relationships with community groups and national
non-profit organizations that benefit the Hispanic community.
In her role, she continues to create new partnerships that generate positive relationships and produces national
campaigns that raise awareness of our communities’ needs through Univision’s programming, specials, public affairs
shows, health and educational campaigns and production of public service announcements.
A five time Emmy nominee, Ms. Díaz was an integral part of the team honored in 2008 with the prestigious George
Foster Peabody Award for Univision’s Civic Education Campaign, “Ya es Hora” (It’s Time) and in 2005 for “Salud es Vida…
Entérate!” (Lead a Healthy Life… Get the Facts!), Univision’s Health Initiative.
Ms. Díaz joined Univision in 2000 from Tribune Broadcasting’s local New York Television Station, WPIX (formerly WB11),
where she had worked for eight years in the Local Production and Community Affairs Department.
She has been awarded with the New York State Broadcasters Award, the Gabriel Silver Angel Award for best
documentary for children living with Autism, the New York Associated Press Award for the best local documentary on
New York Television and the CAN DO Award from the Community Action Network. Ms. Díaz currently serves on the
Communications and Marketing Coordinating Committee for the American Heart Association and is currently on the
board of directors of the National Latino Children’s Institute.
Josephine F. Garza, Executive Director, National Latino Children’s Institute
As Executive Director, Ms. Garza’s responsibilities are to oversee operations and promotion of the
National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI), to seek additional sponsors and build public/private
partnerships. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education with three certifications in early childhood
education, bilingual education and counseling; with an emphasis in cross-cultural counseling and
communications, both degrees are from University of TX at San Antonio. She has over 25 years
experience working in public schools and non-profit sector. She is an alumna of the National Hispana
She worked as an independent consultant with NLCI since 1997 before coming on fulltime in 2002. She participated
in focus groups that looked at cultural competencies in accessing healthcare, which lead to a report submitted to
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on barriers and solutions to accessing children’s health. She worked on designing
culturally appropriate activities for Corazón de mi Vida a child passenger safety program, Onda Sana an HIV/AIDS
prevention program for young Latinos ages 10-18 and Salsa, Sabor y Salud a healthy lifestyles program for Latino
families with children ages 3-12.
Prior to NLCI, she was co-founder and served as Co-Executive Director three years for Youth Advocates of California,
Inc. (aka-Hope in Hollywood) in Los Angeles, dedicated to building a positive youth community that taught young
people how to access resources and create a support system for each other. Over most of her career, she has been
actively involved with organizations dedicated to empowering and protecting rights of young people and their
families who have been disenfranchised, most of whom are minority (predominantly Latino) poor, and many of whom
end up in the juvenile justice system. She has much experience in the field of leadership and youth development, has
worked with youth, youth workers, and youth organizations to design and implement programs and training models
that were culturally appropriate for the field of youth development nationally and internationally.
Peter Grevatt, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Children’s Health, Office of the Administrator,
Environmental Protection Agency
Peter Grevatt is the Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental
Education and the Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Jackson for Children’s Environmental
Health. He is responsible for ensuring that all EPA decisions are protective of children’s health and
that EPA is an international leader on children’s environmental health issues.
Peter served as the Senior Science Advisor in EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and as the senior
health scientist in EPA’s Region 2 office. In these roles, Peter was responsible for ensuring that science, public health,
risk assessment, environmental justice and children’s health were fully considered for a range of critical issues such as
asbestos, PCBs, lead and arsenic.
Peter led the national water quality monitoring program in EPA’s Office of Water, and more recently, as Director of the
Economics, Methods and Risk Analysis Division in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery; he provided
leadership to the Regions and States on RCRA implementation, and provided health risk assessments and economic
cost-benefit analyses on major rulemakings.
Peter received his B.A. degree in Biology from Earlham College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Basic Medical
Sciences from New York University Medical Center.
Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Kevin Jennings was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 as Assistant
Deputy Secretary to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Kevin is the first career educator
to hold this position and brings to this role 25 years of experience as, a teacher, a writer, and a leader
in the fields of K-12 education and civil rights.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., he became the first member of his family to graduate from college
when he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He taught high school history for
ten years during which he served as faculty advisor for the nation’s first gay-Straight Alliance student club and also
founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1990, launching his life’s dedication to seeking
to ensure that schools are safe places where every young person can focus on learning. In 1995 he left teaching to
become GLSEN’s founding Executive Director, a position he held for 14 years before stepping down in late 2008.
Mr. Jennings was named in 1997 to Newsweek magazine’s Century Club as one of 100 people to watch in the new
century. He received his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in education in 1994 from Columbia University
and earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1999. He has authored six books, the
latest of which, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association in 2006.
He was also a writer and producer of the documentary Out of the Past, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
Award for Best Documentary. Among his many honors Mr. Jennings has received the Distinguished Service Award of
the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Human & Civil Rights Award of the National Education
Association, and the Diversity Leadership Award of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Melina Lerma, a graduate from Small Folks Development Center, Lansing, MI
Ms. Lerma is an alumnae of the Small Folks Development Center in Lansing, MI. She graduated from
Lansing Eastern High School in 2003; and will be graduating from Lansing Community College in
May. She will be receiving an Associates Degree in Business, Paralegal studies as well as an Associate’s
Degree in Graphic Design. She is 24 years old and a single mom of 2 children, daughter 5, and son 3.
Mark Hugo López, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
Mark Hugo Lopez is the Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center where he studies the
attitudes and opinions of young Latinos, the political engagement of Latinos, and Hispanics and
their interaction with the criminal justice system. Lopez also coordinates the Center’s national
surveys. Additionally, he currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland’s
School of Public Policy, as the Second Vice President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists
(ASHE) and as a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of
Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP). Prior to joining the Pew Hispanic Center, Lopez was the
Research Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) where he
studied the civic engagement of young people.
Lopez received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1996. He joined the Pew Hispanic Center in January
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President and CEO, ASPIRA Association
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno has been President and CEO of the ASPIRA Association, the only national
organization dedicated exclusively to the education and leadership development of Latino youth,
In his sixteen years as ASPIRA President, the organization has grown to become the largest national
Hispanic organization in the country, serving over 55,000 Latino youth each year, and a major force in
shaping national education policy to benefit Latino youth.. It has also developed several major, multi-
year national initiatives, including: the Community Technology Access and Training Initiative; the ASPIRA Financial
Education Initiative; the ASPIRA Mentoring, Promoting Health Communities and the Traffic Safety initiatives; the
Mathematics and Science Academy (MAS) enrichment program; and most recently, the national initiative to expand
and conduct research on ASPIRA’s signature program, the ASPIRA Clubs in schools.
Mr. Blackburn-Moreno has been a consultant in K-12 education, postsecondary mathematics, science, engineering
education, planning; management; fund-raising; and organizational development to colleges and universities, federal
agencies, national foundations, and national non-profits and businesses. He also serves on a host of several national
advisory boards, panels and commissions for federal agencies, colleges and universities and the private sector,
including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department
of Education, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a host of private companies.
Mr. Blackburn-Moreno holds degrees in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico and Princeton University.
He lives in Haymarket, Virginia and is married with three grown children.
Teresa Niño, Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
In May 2009, the Obama Administration appointed Ms. Teresa Niño as Director of the Office of External
Affairs (OEA) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she guides 200
employees to successfully achieve the strategic communication objectives to promote vital health
care for the more than 90 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Ms. Niño brings to CMS over 20 years of experience directing strategic communications and marketing initiatives.
She previously served as the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the National Trauma Institute in
San Antonio. In addition, she worked for the San Antonio Express-News, as both Director of Community Relations
and Director of Marketing. She was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Greater Kelly
During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Niño served as DHHS Secretary Shalala’s Director of Outreach, where she
was highly involved with various interagency and White House Committees, including the Interagency Committee
on Persian Gulf Mystery Illnesses, the Environmental Justice Committee, the White House Initiative on Educational
Excellence for Hispanics, and the White House Executive Order on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
She also worked with the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS).
Ms. Niño launched her journalism career in 1986 as a TV Reporter. In 1989, she assisted in the campaign that led to
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s election, later serving as Mayor Daley’s Assistant Press Secretary.
José A. Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic
José Antonio Rico is the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanic Americans. Named to his post on Feb. 1, 2010, Rico helps carry out President Obama’s efforts
to improve the academic achievement of Hispanic students. He came to the Department as a senior
adviser in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education on April 29, 2009.
Born in the small town of Jeruco, México, 7-year-old José and his brother, Carlos, immigrated to the
United States, where his father was a railroad worker and his mother was a housewife. From 1995 to 1997, he served
as the program director for Public Allies, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to community service, and, during this time,
in May 1996, he finished his bachelor’s degree at Northeastern Illinois University. In 1997, he went to work for the
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights, organizing its “Removing Barriers to Education” campaign, working with parents
around the state to see that their children were not denied access to education.
Two years later, he was hired by the University of Illinois–Chicago’s Small Schools Workshop to help develop small,
innovative learning communities in public schools. During this time, he worked as a school improvement coach
and on charter school projects with the Knowledge Works Foundation and the National Council of La Raza. While at
UI–Chicago, he also completed a master’s degree in curriculum instruction in 2003.
As Chicago’s Multicultural Arts High School opened in 2005, Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan named Rico
its first principal. It was quite an achievement, considering that Rico and 13 other members of the Lawndale–Little
Village neighborhood had gone on a 19-day hunger strike starting on Mother’s Day weekend in 2001 to call attention
to repeated delays by previous administrators in approving the school. Rico served as the founding principal of the
school, which has 24 teachers and an enrollment of 350, until he joined ED in 2009.
Veronica Rivera, Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational
Veronica serves as the lead for the Campaign for High School Equity, a coalition of civil rights
organizations focused on high school education reform. Her work is concentrated on the
reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, English Language Learners and the
effective adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Veronica was a guest
panelist on the education summit on Legal and Legislative Strategies to Eliminate the Achievement
Gap held by Representative Robert “Bobby” Scott and a speaker at various education briefings on Capitol Hill.
Veronica’s service in education is broad. She was previously elected to the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of
Trustees in 2004 and served on the board until 2009. She served as the Board’s Vice-Chair prior to her departure. In
addition, she served as Secretary of the Board in 2006. Veronica served on the Advisory Council of the ACC Center
for Public Policy and Political Studies and served on the Board of Directors of the ACC Foundation. She also served
on the Foundation Board of the Texas Community College Teachers Association and is the co-founder and board
member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, a network for Hispanic women. She served as the Chair of the City of
Austin and AISD’s Joint Task Force on Education and Quality of Life for Hispanic Students and has served on various
education committees. For her efforts in education, Veronica was nominated for the Austin Under 40 Awards and was
named a Finalist in the Youth/Education category twice. She received the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association
“Contribution to Minority Community” Award, and was the guest speaker at the 40th Anniversary of the 1965
Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
Gloria Rodríguez, President & CEO, Comunicad
Ms. Gloria Rodríguez is the Founder and President & CEO of Comunicad. Her exceptional visionary
and leadership skills have led her to build strategic coalitions to advocate on behalf of multicultural
women, children, and families in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Latin America.
Gloria’s expertise in mainstream and multicultural markets spans two decades. Her success
developing working partnerships with key stakeholders who provide direct access to these markets
is unparalleled. She began her career as the only Hispanic producer in the newsroom of a major
media market. Throughout her career, Gloria has been an advocate and active member of the Latino
community. She serves on the advisory boards of several major Hispanic organizations, including the League of
United Latin American Citizens, Cuban American National Council, and on the board of directors of the Smithsonian
Latino Center and the National Latino Children’s Institute. Gloria’s business, community development, and
communications work is nationally recognized. She was named to the Faculty of the University of Nebraska / Gallup
University’s School of Executive Leadership and appointed Founding Fellow of the Gallup International Institute at
Princeton University. The Gallup Organization honored her by awarding her their highest Leadership Award and
selecting her “Visionary Leader for the 21st Century.” Recent industry awards include the International Association of
Business Communicators Pinnacle Award and the Public Relations Society of America Diversity Champion Award.
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Latino Students States
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of Education students-1/
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity
Programs/Initiatives Among Latino Children
La Promesa Partner Directory
successfully working on
behalf of Latino families!
La Promesa de un Futuro - Directory
ARIZONA 31 ILLINOIS 36 Multnomah County Health Department
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Alivio Medical Center La Clinica De Buena Salud
LULAC Annual Youth Leadership Conference ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School Oregon Child Development Coalition & OAEYC
Mariposa Community Health Center, Inc. El Valor PUERTO RICO 41
CALIFORNIA 31 Kanoon Magnet School Centro Sor Isolina Ferre Inc.
Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. MASSACHUSETTS 37 Estancia Corazón, Inc.
Centro Vida Children’s Center Centro Latino RHODE ISLAND 42
Bienvenidos Family Services Great Brook Valley Health Center Child Care Family Services, Inc.
California Child Care Resource and Referral Program Latino Dollars for Scholars of Rhode Island
Network MARYLAND 37 TEXAS 42
Clínicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. Center for Advancement of Hispanics in Science & American YouthWorks
Escuela de la Raza Unida Engineering Education AVANCE, Inc
La Clinica MICHIGAN 37 Brownsville Independent School DistrictEl Jardin
Latino Health Access Easter Seals Michigan - Centro Latino Elementary
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center Lansing School District César Chávez Academy High School
New Economics for Women Latino Family Services, Inc. El Paso Children’s Day Care Association, Inc.
Parent Institute for Quality Education-Santa Ana Small Folks Development Center, Inc. El Paso Independent School DistrictJohnson
Plaza Community Center Inc. MINNESOTA 38 Elementary
Project Amiga Academia Cesar Chavez Family Services of Greater Houston
The Parent Institute for Quality Education – Corp. Centro Inc. Intercultural Development Research Association
UC San Diego discapacitados abriendose caminos K.I.N.D.E.R. Behavioral Health Clinic for Children
Center for Academic and Social Advancement La Escuelita & Families—Council on Alcohol & Drugs
(CASA) NEW JERSEY 39 Houston
La Clase Magica Better Beginnings Day Care Center Kyle Family Learning and Career Center-
COLORADO 33 Bridgeton High School Teen Center Community Action, Inc.
Family Star, Inc. Plainfield Bilingual Day Care Center Neighbors in Need of Services (Ninos), Inc.
Greeley Youth Commission NEW MEXICO 39
Latin American Research and Service Agency Española Valley High School PSJA Independent School District James Bowie
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 34 La Clinica de Familia, Inc. Elementary
ASPIRA New Mexico MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Roma I.S.D.
CentroNía Science Achievement) San Antonio Education Partnership
Latin American Youth Center School on Wheels High School San Antonio Pre-freshman Engineering Program,
MANA, A National Latina Organization NEVADA 40
Univ. of Texas at San Antonio
Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Nevada Hispanic Services
San Antonio Public Library
NEW YORK 40
Heritage Southmost Elementary School
Grand Street Settlement, Inc.
Young Playwrights’ Theater Texas Migrant Council, Inc. - CCMS
DELAWARE 35 Plaza Sesamo, Children’s Television Workshop
OHIO 40 Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and
Latin American Community Center Scholarships
FLORIDA 35 Ohio Hispanic Coalition
OKLAHOMA 40 UTAH 45
ASPIRA-Flordia Centro de la Familia de Utah
Latino Community Development Agency, Inc.
Cuban-American National Council, Inc. WASHINGTON 46
Rainbow Intergenerational Child Care Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic - Yakima
Alder Elementary School
Redlands Christian Migrant Association WISCONSIN 46
Central School District
IDAHO 36 La Causa, Inc.
Independence Elem. School
Idaho Hispanic Youth Symposium
AZ - CA
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Mission Statement
Edmundo Hidalgo Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a statewide community development
President & COO corporation (CDC), committed to building stronger, healthier communities
1046 E. Buckeye Rd. as a lead advocate, coalition builder and direct service provider. CPLC
Phoenix, AZ 79915 promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of
P(602) 257-0700 / F: (602) 254-4920 life for the benefit of those we serve.
LULAC Annual Youth Leadership Mission Statement
Conference LULAC Council 1057 is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated
Richard Fimbres to advancing the education of Hispanic and disadvantaged youth
Founder in Southern Arizona. LULAC works well with both businesses and
Post Office Box 2443 government to initiate educational programs in Arizona.
Tucson, AZ 92706
P: (520) 508-6554 / F: (520) 903 2838
Mariposa Community Health Center, Mission Statement
Inc. Mariposa Community Health Care serves a wonderfully diverse community
James Welden on the border of Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Our facility is
Chief Executive Officer state-of-the-art, and our inspired, professional team is dedicated to
1852 N. Mastick Way personalized, innovative healthcare. We’re absolutely dedicated to your
Nogales, AZ 85702 good health and the health of our families and community.
P: (520) 281-1550
Bay Area Hispano Institute for Mission Statement
Advancement, Inc. The Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. provides quality
Centro Vida Children’s Center bilingual and multicultural child care to children ages 2 to 10 years of
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler age, particularly serving low-income Latino families of Northern Alameda
Executive Director County, enabling them to improve the quality of life of their children.
1000 Camelia Street BAHIA operates its Child Development Program at two sites: Centro VIDA
Berkeley, CA 94710 & Bahia School Age Program. BAHIA, Inc. also operates La Academia
P: (510) 525-1463 / F: (512) 524-1317 de Centro VIDA in Fremont, a parent education program and bilingual
firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday kindergarten readiness program for children ages 3-5.
Bienvenidos Family Services Mission Statement
Ritchie Geisel Bienvenidos is a compassionate community of care dedicated to healing
President & CEO children and their families. As a nonprofit, community-based organization,
316 West 2nd Street, #800 Bienvenidos fulfills its mission by delivering a comprehensive array of
Los Angeles, CA 90012 services that empower children and their families, are culturally responsive,
P: (213)-785-5906 / F: (213)-785-5928 and are effective models of prevention and intervention.
California Child Care Resource and Mission Statement
Referral Network R&Rs help parents find child care by providing referrals to licensed
Patty Siegel programs and by offering important information on how to recognize and
Executive Director choose quality care. R&Rs help child care providers by offering training in
111 New Montgomery Street, 7th Floor child development, safety, and business skills, and they help policymakers
San Francisco, CA 94105 by gathering standardized data, identifying key areas of local need, and
P: (415) 882-0234 / F: (415) 882.6233 participating in policy discussions.
Clínicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. Mission Statement
Yvonne Bell Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo is private non-profit corporation which
Chief Executive Officer provides primary medical and dental care services to residents of the
P.O. Box 1279 Imperial and Riverside counties.
900 Main Street
Brawley, CA 85034
P: (760) 344-9951 / F: 760-344-5840
Escuela de la Raza Unida Mission Statement
Rigoberto Garnica Escuela de la Raza provides an alternative, community-based K–12
Executive Director education to children and families whose needs cannot be met in a
137 N. Broadway traditional public school.
P.O. Box 910
Blythe, CA 60608
P: (760) 922-2582 / F: (760) 921-3261
La Clinica Mission Statement
Jane Garcia The mission of La Clínica is to improve the quality of life of the diverse
Chief Executive Officer communities we serve by providing culturally appropriate, high quality
1515 Fruitvale Avenue and accessible health care for all.
Oakland, CA 53204
P: (510) 535-4000 / F: (510) 535-4089
Latino Health Access Mission Statement
America Bracho LHA assists in improving the quality of life and health of uninsured,
Founder & CEO under-served people through quality preventive services and educational
1717 N. Broadway programs, emphasizing full participation in decisions affecting health.
Santa Ana, CA 02940
P: (714) 542-7792 / F: (714) 542-4853
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center Mission Statement
Eugene Rodriguez Los Cenzontles is a grassroots artist-driven organization committed to
Executive Director amplifying the roots of Mexican culture through classes, events, media and
13108 San Pablo Ave. performances.
San Pablo, CA 48216
P: (510) 233 8015 / F: (510) 233-3230
New Economics for Women Mission Statement
Maggie Cervantes At New Economics for Women (NEW) we have a mission -- to reduce
Executive Director poverty by creating wealth opportunities for women and children.
303 South Loma Drive
Los Angeles, CA 97204
P: (213) 483.2060 / F: (213) 483-7848
CA - CO
Parent Institute for Quality Mission Statement
Education-Santa Ana PIQE’s mission is to connect families, schools and community as partners
Juan Dominguez to advance the education of every child through parent engagement.
1520 Brook Hollow Drive, Suite 31
Santa Ana, CA 43229
P: (714) 540.9920 / F: (714) 540.9926
Plaza Community Center Inc. Mission Statement
Gabriel Buelna Our mission is to support children, youth, and families in need to develop
Executive Director and grow within a nurturing, spiritual environment by providing effective,
4018 City Terrace Drive high quality health, education, and other community services.
Los Angeles, CA 20005
P: (323) 268-9749 / F: (323) 267-0375
Project Amiga Mission Statement
Irene Portillo Esparza The mission of Project Amiga is Empowerment through Education and
Executive Director Training.
2001 Tyler Ave #203
South El Monte, CA 90063
P: (626) 401-1395 / F: (626) 401-3707
The Parent Institute for Quality Mission Statement
Education – Corp. PIQE creates partnerships between parents, students and educators to
Maria Elena Meraz further students’ academic success.
22 West 35th Street
National City, CA 78521
P: (619) 420-4499 / F: (619) 420-4501
UC San Diego Mission Statement
Center for Academic and Social LCM is a multi-level, multi-system project that seeks to enhance the
Advancement (CASA) academic achievement of minority children in K-12 an their representation
La Clase Magica in higher education. It is a powerful and vibrant social action project that
Caroline Collins addresses the educational experience of minority learners targeting Latino
Executive Director and Native American communities.
4704 Ramsay Ave
San Diego, CA 78041
P: (619) 861-5823 / (858) 731-1974
Family Star, Inc. Mission Statement
Dr. Ginny Trierweiler Transformation through Montessori education that empowers children
Executive Director and parents to think for themselves, to do for themselves, and to create
2246 Federal Blvd. better lives.
Denver, CO 02940-6688
P: (303) 477-7827 / F: (303) 477-7756
CO - DC
Greeley Youth Commission Mission Statement
C.J. Archibeque The Youth Enrichment Program’s purpose is to promote a positive presence
Executive Director in our community that will result in a reduction of criminal activities and
920 A Street provide recreational, educational and cultural programs for Greeley youth
Greeley, CO 01605 and citizenry. The community has both a role and responsibility to provide
P: (970) 350-9548 / F: (970) 346-8486 Greeley’s youth with a safe, friendly learning environment and to boost
www.greeleygov.com/ academic achievement.
Latin American Research and Service Mission Statement
Agency To lead and influence change to improve the quality of life for Latinos in
Estevan Flores, Ph.D. Colorado.
309 W. First Ave
Denver, CO 94601
P: (303) 722-5150 / F: (303) 722-5118
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ASPIRA Mission Statement
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno To empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy
President & CEO and the education and leadership development of its youth.
1444 I Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 97070
P: (202) 835-3600 / F: (202) 835-3613
CentroNía Mission Statement
Beatriz Otero To educate children, youth and families in a bilingual and multicultural
Chief Executive Officer environment
1420 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 00734-4360
P: (202) 332-4200 / F: (202) 745-2563
Latin American Youth Center Mission Statement
Lori Kaplan The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), one of the nation’s leading youth
Executive Director development agencies, is a multicultural community-based organization
1419 Columbia Road whose mission is to support youth and thier families to live, work, and
Washington, DC 80223 study with dignity, hope, and joy.
P: (202) 319-2225 / F: (202) 462-5696
MANA, A National Latina Mission Statement
Organization MANA, empowers Latinas through leadership development, community
Alma Riojas service and advocacy.
President & CEO MANA is a national community of Latinas actively working to create a
1146 19th Street NW, Ste. 700 better quality of life for Hispanics.
Washington, DC 94805
P: (202) 833-0060 / F: (202) 496-0588
DC - FL
Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Mission Statement
Cultural Heritage The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to
Olivia Cadaval the collaborative research, presentation, conservation, and continuity of
Folklorist & Chair Cultural Research & traditional knowledge and artistry with diverse contemporary cultural
Education communities in the United States and around the world.
Capital Gallery Building
600 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Suite 2001 MRC 520
Washington, DC 20024
P: (202) 633-6440 / F: (202) 633-6474
Young Playwrights’ Theater Mission Statement
David Snider Young Playwrights’ Theater teaches students to express themselves clearly
Executive Director and creatively through the art of playwriting.
2437 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 78520
P: (202) 387-9173 / F: 202-387-9176
Latin American Community Center Mission Statement
Maria Matos To Advocate for and Assist the Latino Community by Offering Resources
Executive Director and Programs That Promote Empowerment and an Enhanced Quality of
403 N. Van Buren Street Life While Celebrating Our Diverse Cultures
Wilmington, DE 55407
P: (302) 655-7338 / F: (302) 655-7334
ASPIRA-Flordia Mission Statement
Raúl Martínez To foster the social advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community
Executive Director by empowering its youth in the pursuit of educational excellence through
3650 N. Miami Avenue leadership development programs that emphasize commitment to the
Miami, FL 33137 community.
P: (305) 576-8494 / F: (305) 576-6217
Cuban-American National Council, Mission Statement
Inc. CNC is a non-profit organization providing human services to persons in
Guarioné Díaz need from all racial and ethnic groups. CNC assists individuals to become
President & Executive Director self-reliant and builds bridges among America’s diverse communities.
1223 SW 4th St., 1st Floor
Miami, FL 02150
P: (305) 649-3484 / F: (305) 642-9122
FL - IL
Rainbow Intergenerational Child Mission Statement
Care The Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program provides an
Cecilia Hunt opportunity for children to develop to their maximum potential.
Little Havana Activity Center
700 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 10023
P: (305) 858-0887 / F: (305) 854-2226
Redlands Christian Migrant Mission Statement
Association RCMA provides quality child-care and early education for children of
Barbara Mainster migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Florida.
402 W. Main
Immokalee, FL 91733
P: (800) 282-6540 / F: (239) 658.3571
Idaho Hispanic Youth Symposium Mission Statement
John Grossenbacher The Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) is an annual event designed to
Executive Director encourage Hispanic teens to seek brighter futures for themselves and their
P.O. Box 1625 families by staying in school.
Idaho Falls, ID 80631
P: (208) 526-0085 / F: (208) 526-8666
Alivio Medical Center Mission Statement
Carmen Velasquez Alivio Medical Center is a bilingual, bicultural organization committed
Executive Director to providing access to quality cost-effective health care to the Latino
2355 South Western Avenue community, the uninsured and underinsured, and not to the exclusion of
Chicago, IL 60608 other cultures and races. This mission is expressed through the provision of
P: (773) 254-1400 / F: (773) 650-1226 services, advocacy, education and research and evaluation provided in an
www.aliviomedicalcenter.org environment of caring and respect.
ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School Mission Statement
Jose Rodriguez To provide a high-quality education that fosters student development and
Executive Director leadership using project-based learning. The goal is to reengage dropout
5500 N. St. Loius Ave. Office #B-109 youth to earn a high school diploma, prepare for college, the workforce
Chicago, IL 60641 and become community leaders.
P: (773) 252-0970 / F: (773) 427-0872
El Valor Mission Statement
Vincent Allocco El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve
Executive Director excellence and participate fully in community life. Our programs exist to
1850 W. 21st Street enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the
Chicago, IL 79912 underserved.
P: (312) 666-6677 / F: (312) 666-4511
IL - MI
Kanoon Magnet School Mission Statement
Juanita Saucedo Geraldo Delgado Kanoon Magnet School is committed to the
Principal development of the student in an environment that encourages the
2333 S Kedzie Ave integrated efforts of the principal, teaching staff, parents, and entire
Chicago, IL 78207-7328 community. Kanoon has the commitment to the formation of an
P: (773) 534-1736 / F: (773) 534-1740 individual that is conscious of the value of multilingual and multicultural
www.kanoon.cps.k12.il.us education in a pluralistic society.
Centro Latino Mission Statement
Juan Vega “To improve the quality of life and promote the self determination of
Executive Director Latinos in Chelsea and surrounding communities through economic
267 Broadway development, education, health and social well-being strategies.”
Chelsea, MA 92227
P: (617) 884-3238 / F: (617) 884-4646
Great Brook Valley Health Center Mission Statement
Child Care Program We are committed to creating access to high quality, comprehensive
Toni McGuire, RN, MPH health care for all people. Governed by our patients, we are dedicated to
President & CEO maintaining strong standards of excellence while respecting the diversity,
19 Tacoma Street dignity and confidentiality of our patients and staff.
Worcester, MA 10002
P: (508) 852-1805 / F: (508) 853-8593
Center for Advancement of Hispanics Mission Statement
in Science & Engineering Education CAHSEE’s programs are aimed at developing students’ intellectual abilities,
Charles Vela thus providing them with a sound academic foundation to bolster their
Executive Director professional expectations, attitude, and motivation towards learning and
8100 Corporate Dr. commitment to excellence and educational success. Placing the students
Suite 401 in a demanding, yet nurturing, academic environment does this. Rigorous
Landover, MD 20785 academic demands in a can-do atmosphere have proven to have a marked
P: (202) 994-6529 / F: (202) 994-2459 effect on the future performance of CAHSEE students in math, science and
www.cahsee.org engineering college programs.
Easter Seals Michigan - Centro Latino Mission Statement
Wendy Standifer Easter Seals - Michigan’s mission is to create solutions that change lives
Program Contact of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their
269 Summit Drive families.
Waterford, MI 77075
P: (248) 451-2900 / F: (248) 858-1604
Lansing School District Mission Statement
Christina Keebaugh It is the mission of the Lansing School District to provide relevant
LEP Teacher educational excellence in a safe and nurturing environment.
2024 Newark Avenue
Lansing, MI 98948
P: (517) 755-1000 / F: (517) 755-4899
MI - MN
Latino Family Services, Inc. Mission Statement
Alfonso Bermea Latino Family Services is a community agency, which provides and
Executive Director coordinates comprehensive human services to residents of Wayne
3815 W. Fort Street County with particular emphasis on its Latino residents. These services
Detroit, MI 73109 enhance the quality of life for children, youth, adults, families and the
P: (313) 841-7380 / F: (313) 841-3730 developmentally disabled.
Small Folks Development Center, Inc. Mission Statement
Juanita Castillo Small Folks strives to provide a bilingual, multicultural educational setting
Executive Director for preschool children. A warm, nurturing learning vibrant environment
3140 South Pennsylvania Ave using positive guidance techniques with structure while offering them the
Lansing, MI 78516 opportunity to make appropriate choices and decisions. Teach children
P: (517) 272-0129 / F: (517) 272-0224 non-violent solutions to conflict and to show equal respect between both
males and females. Teach children to appreciate and value all races with
cooperation, conservation, and the importance of giving appropriate
assistance and support to others.
Academia Cesar Chavez Mission Statement
Ramona De Rosales Academia Cesar Chavez is dedicated to providing a quality dual-language
Executive Director education which prepares critically thinking, socially competent, values
1800 Ames Ave driven, and culturally aware bilingual and bi-literate learners by advocating
St. Paul, MN 55119 Latino cultural values in an environment of familia and community.
P: (651) 778-2940 / F: (651) 578-2787
Centro Inc. Mission Statement
Roxana Linares Centro is a partnership with Latino and Chicano families. Centro is a
Executive Director place where we offer respite from troubles, understanding to solve crises,
1915 Chicago Avenue - El Zocalo education and encouragement to make change, nurturing and healing to
Minneapolis, MN 84115 strengthen families, art and culture to reaffirm our identity and value, and
P: (612) 874-1412 / F: (612) 874-8149 resources to build a better future.
discapacitados abriendose caminos Mission Statement
Ana Pérez discapacitados abriéndose caminos holds the hand of the Latino/Hispanic
Executive Director family with a child/adult or family member with disability so they can
608 Smith Avenue South learn about the disability, their rights, and how to navigate throughout the
St. Paul, MN 33130 social, educational, and medical systems.
P: (651) 293-1748 / F: (651) 293-1744
La Escuelita Mission Statement
David Albornoz To achieve educational equity in Minnesota through academic support
Executive Director and advocacy that empowers Latino youth and their families
4137 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 88005
P: (612) 721-8026 / F: (612) 728-5790
NJ - NM
Better Beginnings Day Care Center Mission Statement
Luz Horta Better Beginnings is committed first and foremost to providing affordable,
Executive Director quality child care, giving parents the opportunity to be self-supporting,
318 N. Main Street contributing, and involved members of the community, while providing
P. O. Box 187 their children with developmentally-appropriate learning experiences
Highstown, NJ 8520 in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment. Better Beginnings is further
P: (609) 448-6226 / F: (609 ) 448-6573 committed to be as responsive as possible to the unmet needs of the
www.princetonol.com/groups/bbcdc families and children of its community, providing programs wherever
feasible to meet such needs.
Bridgeton High School Teen Center Mission Statement
Lynn Williams The mission of the Bridgeton Public Schools is to have all pupils meet
Principal the Core Curriculum Content Standards and graduate from high
111 North West Avenue school as lifelong learners who will make positive contributions to the
Bridgeton, NJ 8302 community, act with the highest moral and ethical standards, promote
P: (856) 451 4440 / F: (856) 456-0486 equal opportunity, and participate in the advancement of our democratic
Plainfield Bilingual Day Care Center Mission Statement
Eva Rosas-Amirault Our program’s mission is to ensure that we prepare our children in order
Director to easily transition into the public school system and to facilitate the
225 West Second Street continued employment/and or education of their parents by providing
Plainfield, NJ 92701 them with a safe environment for their children where they will develop
P: (908) 753-3540 / F: (908) 753-3124 emotionally, physically, cognitively and emotionally.
Española Valley High School Mission Statement
Bruce Hopmeier The Mission of Española Valley High School, in partnership with our
Principal students, faculty, family, and community, is to ensure that each student is
P.O. Drawer 21601 empowered with knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges
1111 El Llano Rd of the future.
Fairview, NM 92225
P: (505) 753-7357 / F: (505) 753-6177
La Clinica de Familia, Inc. Mission Statement
Harriet Brandstetter LCDF promotes the well being of all people of Southern New Mexico
Chief Executive Officer through COMMUNITY HEALTH and SOCIAL services.
1100 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 78640
P: (575) 526-1105 / F: (505) 524-4266
New Mexico MESA (Mathematics, Mission Statement
Engineering, Science Achievement) Empower and motivate New Mexico’s culturally diverse students with
Toney Begay science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment.
2808 Central S.E. Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM 78586
P: (505) 366-2500 / F: (505) 366-2529
NM - OK
School on Wheels High School Mission Statement
Felipe Perea Founded in 1970, School On Wheels is a “school of choice” which
Principal emphasizes self-awareness, resilience, goal-setting, responsibility, team-
1004 Major Ave NW work, and family community orientation.
Albuquerque, NM 78207
P: (505) 247 0489 / F: (505) 243-5180
Nevada Hispanic Services Mission Statement
Edward Vento To identify and address the needs of the Hispanic community through
Executive Director (Interim) direct service, education, advocacy and community involvement.
3905 Neil Road, Suite #2
Reno, NV 20009
P: (775) 826-1818 / F: (775) 826-1819
Grand Street Settlement, Inc. Mission Statement
Margarita Rosa, Esq. To expand opportunities for low-income families and individuals by
Executive Director providing culturally relevant services that support community-building,
80 Pitt Street advocacy, self-determination and an enriched quality of life.
New York, NY 80211
P: (212) 674-1740 / F: (212) 529-6760
Plaza Sesamo, Children’s Television Mission Statement
Workshop We are committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance
Jeanette Betancourt to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the
PEP Coordinator world and each other; to think, dream and discover; to reach their highest
One Lincoln Plaza potential.
New York, NY 7060
P: (212) 875-6449
Ohio Hispanic Coalition Mission Statement
Josue Vicente The mission of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition is to improve the well being
Executive Director and quality of life of all Latinos through advocacy, education, training and
6161 Busch Blvd., Suite 311 access to quality services.
Columbus, OH 90017
P: (614) 840-9934 / F: (614) 840-9935
Latino Community Development Mission Statement
Agency, Inc. To enhance the quality of life of the Latino community through education,
Patricia Fennel leadership, services and advocacy.
President & CEO
420 S.W. Tenth Street
Oklahoma City, OK 19805
P: (405) 236-0701 / F: (405) 236-0737
OR - PR
Alder Elementary School Mission Statement
Paz Ramos “At Alder School, we strive to be a community of lifelong learners, to honor
Principal diversity and to pursue excellence.”
17200 S.E. Alder Each member of our Alder Community is committed to this vision of
Portland, OR 97233 excellence. It is evident in the display of student work, the emphasis on our
P: (503) 255-4673 / F: (503) 252-5989 school wide Life skills program and the strong academic programs.
Central School District Mission Statement
Independence Elem. School Central School District will prepare students for the future by
Steve Tillery understanding and developing their potential to the highest possible
Principal academic and ethical standards.
150 S. Fourth Street
Independence, OR 83415-3204
P: (503) 838-1322 / F: (503) 838-6980
Multnomah County Health Mission Statement
Department In partnership with the communities we serve, the Health Department
La Clinica De Buena Salud assures, promotes, and protects the health of the people of Multnomah
Consuelo Saragoza County.
Senior Advisor of Public Health &
426 SW Stark, 8th Floor
Portland, OR 20036
P: (503) 988-3663 / F: (503) 988-3998
Oregon Child Development Coalition Mission Statement
& OAEYC The Oregon Child Development Coalition is an organization dedicated to
Donalda Dodson improving the lives of children and families through dynamic leadership,
Executive Director advocacy and a range of unique and essential services promoting growth
9140 S.W. Pioneer Ct. and independence.
Wilsonville, OR 87106
P: (503) 570-1110 / F: (503) 682-9426
Centro Sor Isolina Ferre Inc. Mission Statement
Jose Luis Diaz Cotto Desarrollar hombres y mujeres en su plenitud, dentro de una comunidad
Executive Director que se ha descubierto, reeducado y revitalizado.
PO BOX 34360
Ponce, PR 00734-4360
P: (787) 842 0000 / F: (787) 842 5020
PR - TX
Estancia Corazón, Inc. Mission Statement
Ivonne Santiago Nieves Responder al deber que tiene cada miembro de la comunidad de mejorar
Executive Director la calidad de vida sirviendo a sus poblaciones marginadas, desventajadas,
Casa de Salud 4to Piso y enfermas valorando la dignidad humana y fomentando el respeto mutuo
Centro Medico y la autosuficiencia; brindando de este modo un taller y modelo de justicia,
P.O. Box 3309 conciencia social y compromiso.
Mayagüez, PR 87533
P: (787) 831 5095 / F: (787) 265-2850
Family Services, Inc. Mission Statement
Margaret McDuff To build social service partnerships that respond creatively to the unmet
Chief Executive Officer needs of individuals, families and the community so that people are able
55 Hope Street to live independently, advocate for themselves, and better their own lives.
Providence, RI 77007
P: (401) 331-1350
Latino Dollars for Scholars of Rhode Mission Statement
Island Our mission is to expand higher education for Latino students living in
Domingo Morel Rhode Island by involving and assisting the private sector in the support of
Executive Director these students.
P.O. Box 6764
Providence, RI 20009
P: (401) 415-5706
American YouthWorks Mission Statement
Dick Pierce American YouthWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
CEO (Interim) empowering youth through education and green jobs training.
1901 E. Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78741
P: (512) 744-1900 / F: (512) 916-4708
AVANCE, Inc Mission Statement
Rick Noriega Unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk
Chief Executive Officer communities through effective parent education and support programs.
118 N. Medina
San Antonio, TX 78207
P: (210) 270-4630 / F: (210) 270-4639
Brownsville Independent School Mission Statement
District Brownsville Independent School District, rich in cultural heritage, will
El Jardin Elementary produce well-educated graduates who can pursue higher educational
Brett Springston opportunities and who will become responsible citizens in a changing
Superintendent global society by utilizing all resources to provide equitable opportunities
6911 Boca Chica Blvd. for students.
Brownsville, TX 48328
P: (956) 831-6000 / F: (956) 548-8019
César Chávez Academy High School Mission Statement
Dr. Michael Zolkoski All students who enroll in our schools will graduate from high school,
Superintendent fluent in two or more languages, prepared and inspired to continue
7814 Alameda their education in a four year college, university or institution of higher
El Paso, TX 20009 education so that they become successful citizens in their community.
P: (915) 434-9600 / F: (915) 434-9600
El Paso Children’s Day Care Mission Statement
Association, Inc. To provide quality low cost day care to the many young families in need.
510 South Oregon
El Paso, TX 78521
P: (915) 533-7016 / F: (915) 532-0790
El Paso Independent School District Mission Statement
Johnson Elementary The mission of the El Paso Independent School District is to meet the
Dr. Lorenzo García diverse needs of all students and empower them to become successful
Superintendent members of a global community.
El Paso, TX 79901
P: (915) 832-3940 / F: (915) 832-3940
Family Services of Greater Houston Mission Statement
Nyla Woods To provide individuals and families with the counseling and guidance they
Executive Director need to strengthen themselves and their relationships.
3815 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200
Houston, TX 00680
P: (713) 861-4849 / F: (713) 861-4021
Intercultural Development Research Mission Statement
Association The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent,
María Robledo-Montecel private non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening public schools
Executive Director to work for all children.
5815 Callaghan, Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 97351
P: (210) 444.1710 / F: (210) 444-1714
K.I.N.D.E.R. Behavioral Health Clinic Mission Statement
for Children & Families—Council on The mission of The Council is to keep our community healthy, productive
Alcohol & Drugs Houston and safe by providing services and information to all who may be
Holly McDonald adversely affected by alcohol and drugs.
303 Jackson Hill
Houston, TX 77007
P: (281) 200-9204 / F (713) 200-9170
Kyle Family Learning and Career Mission Statement
Center-Community Action, Inc. Community Action, Inc. mobilizes its resources and engages the
Jon Engle community in order to move families out of poverty and to ensure their
Adult Education Director children’s success in school. The agency provides a wide range of services
PO Box 1238 in Hays County and in other counties in the rural area surrounding Travis
Kyle, TX 77007 County.
P: (512) 268 2719 / F: (512) 268-1950
Neighbors in Need of Services Mission Statement
(Ninos), Inc. “Creating a brighter future for our children and “La Familia”
402 W. Robertson / P.O. Box 187
San Benito, TX 85621
P: (956) 399-9944 / F: (956) 399-9966
Parent/Child Inc. Mission Statement
Dr. Sharon Small Parent/Child Incorporated (PCI) is a private non-profit single purpose
Chief Executive Officer human services agency that provides Early Head Start and Nutrition
1223 Brady Blvd. Services to at-risk children and their families.
San Antonio, TX 48911
P: (210) 226 6232 / F: (210) 475-5131
PSJA Independent School District Mission Statement
James Bowie Elementary At James Bowie Elementary School our vision is to set high academic
Rosario Coplea standards in a student-centered environment which is attractive, secure,
Principal nurturing, and in which each student is valued as an individual. Together
811 Bowie staff, teachers, parents and community work hand in hand to achieve
Box 2514 academic goals without losing sight of student’s needs.
Alamo, TX 78228
P: (956) 354-2680 / F: (956)354-2690
Roma I.S.D. Mission Statement
Jesus Guerra, Jr. As a dynamic community committed to the achievement of student
Superintendent excellence, Roma ISD will provide the necessary resources and services
P.O. Box 187 including: facilities, personnel, finances, technology, and curriculum to
7003 N. Gladiator Blvd ensure an equitable and quality education in a safe environment so that all
Roma, TX 78584 students can achieve their greatest potential.
P: (956) 849-1377 / F: (956) 849-3118
San Antonio Education Partnership Mission Statement
Judy McCormick Empower students with quality educational programs, resources and
Executive Director counseling that will make them confident, knowledgeable and help them
206 San Pedro Ave. Suite 200 finish college and contribute to San Antonio’s future. Making our students
San Antonio, TX 33130 San Antonio’s leaders of tomorrow.
P: (210) 229-9900 / F: (210) 229-9901
TX - UT
San Antonio Pre-freshman Mission Statement
Engineering Program, Univ. of Texas The Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) provides a challenging
at San Antonio academic program designed to motivate and prepare middle and high
Raul Reyna school students for success in advanced studies leading to careers in
President science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields.
501 W. Durango Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 34142
P: (210) 458 2060 / F (210) 458-2061
San Antonio Public Library Mission Statement
Ramiro Salazar The San Antonio Public Library provides equal and open access to books,
Library Director information, and technology resources to promote a lifetime of reading
600 Soledad St and learning, and to contribute to the enjoyment, enlightenment, and
San Antonio, TX 78205 economic vitality of our diverse and dynamic community.
P: (210) 207-2500
Southmost Elementary School Mission Statement
Jimmy Haynes The mission of Southmost Elementary staff and personnel is to create
Principal a safe and positive learning environment that will nurture success for
5245 Southmost all students. This will enable students to become self-motivated, well
Brownsville, TX 78205 rounded, and productive citizens.
P: (956) 548-8870 / F: (956) 554-4245
Texas Migrant Council, Inc. - CCMS Mission Statement
Mary Capello To help children and families in emerging communities by creating
Chief Executive Officer opportunities for advancement through education, training and other
5215 McPherson Rd. resources in collaboration with public and private partners.
Laredo, TX 87105
P: (956) 722-5174 / F: (956) 729-1255
Valley Alliance of Mentors for Mission Statement
Opportunities and Scholarships To provide renewable scholarships to all deserving Hispanic students in
Heather Margain-Martinez Hidalgo, Cameron, and Starr counties for the purpose of completing a post
Executive Director secondary education.
PO BOX 6882
McAllen, TX 91950
P: (956) 631-1273 / F: (956) 631-7866
Centro de la Familia de Utah Mission Statement
Gonzalo Palza Founded in 1975, Centro de la Familia de Utah works toward its mission
Chief Executive Officer of “Developing educational opportunities that empower Latinos”
3780 S. West Temple economically, socially and politically and addressing the community’s
Salt Lake City, UT 84115 social, cultural, and linguistic needs.
P: (801) 521.4473 / F: (801) 521-6242
WA - WI
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic - Mission Statement
Yakima The mission of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, its Board of Directors
Carlos Olivares and its employees is to improve the quality of life for the farm workers,
Executive Director the underserved and others as we work to strengthen the health of our
Community Health Services Dept., communities.
518 West First Avenue,
P.O. Box 190
Toppenish, WA 92122
P: (509) 865-5898 / F: (509) 865-4337
La Causa, Inc. Mission Statement
George Torres Where stable communities and healthy families have the resources and
Chief Executive Officer opportunities to maximize personal development and self-sufficiency.
PO Box 04188
136 W. Greenfield Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 48910
P: (414) 902 1511
National Forum Sponsors
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest
professional employee organization, is committed to advancing
the cause of public education. NEA’s 3.2 million members work at
every level of education-from pre-school to university graduate
programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in
more than 14,000 communities across the United States. Our
mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our
members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education
to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
NEA believes every child in America, regardless of family income or place of residence deserves a quality education. In
pursuing its mission, NEA has determined that we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on
improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.
Univision is the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States. Univision
has consistently proven itself as a leader and innovator in the broadcast industry. In 1961,
the first Spanish-language UHF station in the U.S. was started in San Antonio, Texas to serve
the local Hispanic community. This station, KWEX, was part of Univision’s predecessor,
Spanish International Network (SIN), and today is a Univision owed and operated station. In
1970, Univision became the first U.S. network to provide live coverage of the World Cup
soccer championship and six years later, Univision made history once again when it became
the first U.S. broadcast television network to link its affiliates via satellite. In the first Spanish-
language cable network in the U.S. In 1981, Univision also became the first company in the
U.S. authorized to receive programming from a foreign country via satellite.
Univision has supported NLCI from the beginning providing expertise, funding and resources to further the
Univision Network – The leading Spanish-language broadcast television network, reaching 97% of all U.S. Hispanic
TeleFutura Network – A general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002
and now reaches 89% of the U.S. Hispanic households.
Galavisión – The leading Spanish-language cable television network, reaching 8 million U.S. Hispanic cable
Univision and TeleFutura Television Groups – The Univision Television Group is the owner and operator of 19 full-
power and 8 low-power Univision Network. The TeleFutura Television Group is the owner and operator of 18 full
power and 13 low-power TeleFutura Network stations. The Univision Television Group is also the owner and operator
of 3 full power stations in Puerto Rico, and the owner of 1 full-power station in Bakersfield and 2 low-power stations in
Univision Radio – The largest Spanish-language radio broadcaster in the United States, which owns and/or programs
70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 United States Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico.
Univision Interactive Media – Univision Interactive Media, is the digital division of Univision Communications Inc., the
premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Univision Communications Inc. owns and operates
Univision Online, Inc., the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., located at www.univision.
com, and Univision Movil, delivering the industry’s most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings,
including in-show wireless integrations, mobile video, SMS and Premium SMS programs, mobile portals, mobile
advertising and an extensive downloadable content catalog.
Southwest Airlines Co. (“Southwest”) is a major domestic airline that
provides primarily shorthaul, high-frequency, point-to-point low-fare
service. Southwest was incorporated in Texas and commenced
Customer Service on June 18, 1971 with three Boeing 737 aircraft
serving three Texas cities – Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Today
Southwest operates over 500 Boeing 737 aircraft in 66 cities. Southwest
has among the lowest cost structures in the domestic airline industry
and consistently offers the lowest and simplest fares. Southwest also has one of the best overall Customer Service
records. LUV is our stock exchange symbol, selected to represent our home at Dallas Love Field, as well as the theme
of our Employee and Customer relationships.
Southwest Airlines gives back to the communities we serve through a program titled Share the Spirit. Southwest
Airlines is rooted I the idea that giving back keeps our Company thriving. While we’ve been “Sharing the Spirit” for our
nearly 38-year history, it became a formal program in 2006.
Making our communities a better place to live and work is the goal of the Share the Spirit program.
As part of the program, Southwest Airlines supports communities through Employee volunteerism, community
outreach, charitable contributions, and corporate social responsibility.
In 2008, Southwest Airlines Employees reached out to individuals, families, and entire communities to provide
help were it was needed. Southwest Airlines Employees reported more than 20,490 volunteer hours during 2008.
Southwest Airlines Employees conducted more than 80 Share the Spirit events systemwide. These Employee
volunteerism events ranged from planting trees to feeding the less fortunate to cleaning up communities.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is a community
relations and philanthropic non-profit funded by Ford Motor Company.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009 Ford Fund supports initiative and
institutions that foster and promote innovation in education, greater
automotive safety and American heritage and diversity. National programs
include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS), which provides 21st century skills-based curriculum to more
than 40,000 high school students; and Ford Driving Skills for Life, which has taught safety driving skills to more than
337,000 young drivers. In addition the Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005 enlists the help of thousands of Ford
employees and retirees who volunteer their time to continue Ford’s legacy of community service worldwide. For more
information about programs made possible by Ford Motor company Fund and Community Services, please visit www.
community.ford.com, www.volunteer.ford.com or www.abrighterfuture.ford.com.
History of the National Latino Children’s Institute
The National Latino Children's Institute
Serving as the voice for young Latinos, the mission of the National Latino Children’s Institute is to focus the nation’s
attention on issues and challenges facing young Latinos and to assist communities in finding solutions. It is the only national
Latino organization whose sole focus is Latino children.
Since 1997, the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) has been a leader in creating new strategies for working with the Latino
community, as well as recognizing and creating initiatives that resonate with the community. NLCI has helped build stronger
communities by working with local organizations to embed new initiatives that answer a specific need. NLCI’s research on the best
practices and strategies for reaching the community by using Latino traditions and values has ensured that each program is
culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Besides creating new and exciting initiatives, NLCI provides training and technical assistance to not only non-profit and
community-based organizations, but also to government entities, corporations and others interested in working with the Latino
community. NLCI’s training programs are unique, providing participants with new techniques and with proven strategies for dealing
with difficult issues in the community.
NLCI was founded in 1997 in response to the forecast growth in the young Latino population coupled with the dismal statistics
facing the children. The National Latino Children’s Agenda is a statement of principles essential for the healthy and complete
development of Latino children and was used as the foundation to form NLCI. Created in 1994 by representatives of 46 national
organizations, more than 150 organizations and hundreds of individuals have endorsed the Agenda and use it as a guide to
assure that children’s interests are always at the forefront. NLCI continues to implement the Agenda by working with community
and national partners to create initiatives to build healthy communities.
Building Stronger Communities
Building stronger communities so that each child has what they need to succeed requires not only an understanding of the existing
conditions, but the ability to create unique programs and build alliances with diverse members of the community—government,
community-based organizations, religious and other leaders, etc. NLCI has a proven track-record in bringing people together to
work on specific issues and help create a better future for all children.
NLCI has developed Community Action Initiatives for use in diverse organizations to help build stronger communities. These
initiatives provide organizations with the tools and the training they need to use the principles of the Latino Children’s Agenda to
generate support for young Latinos’ issues and a blueprint for effecting change on behalf of those who will build the future—the
Community Action Initiatives
Salsa, Sabor y Salud
NLCI’s award-winning program Salsa, Sabor y Salud helps Latino families make healthy lifestyle choices for eating
and for leading active lifestyles. The bilingual program is designed in-culture using the Latino traditions and values
as the foundation for conveying scientific information. Families learn to make healthy food choices, enjoy being
physically active and understand that small steps lead to success. It is funded by Kraft Foods and Aetna
Foundation. Since 2003 over 377 facilitators have been trained reaching over 26,000 family members in 15 states
and Puerto Rico.
Corazón de mi vida
Utilizing the cultural strengths of the Latino community as the foundation for passenger restraint education,
Corazón de mi vida’s bilingual materials remind everyone of the most important reason to make restraint use a
lifetime habit—they love their children! The program was funded in partnership with the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, Nationwide Insurance, and the Ford Motor Company Fund; through these partnerships to
date NLCI has reached over 1.4 million people through conferences, car seat installations, parenting classes and
training bilingual certified child passenger safety technicians in over 30 cities.
¡Ay Chispas! conveys the importance of fire safety to children and their families. The program, developed in
partnership with Nationwide Insurance, highlights the messages that fires are preventable; everyone has to
know what to do in case of fire; and everyone can learn what to do. Interactive materials—including an
The National Latino Children's Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
118 Broadway St., Suite 615 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 228-9997 Fax (210) 228-9972
exhibit, storybooks, games, bilingual checklists, and a community organizer’s handbook—help families learn what to do to prevent
fires in the home. To date NLCI has distributed over 50,000 informational packets since 2003 through conferences and special
Onda Sana is a program designed to help Latino youth take the future into their own hands. Onda
Sana uses cultural messages and novel strategies to help Latino youth and parents discuss
“taboo topics,” including sex and sexuality, substance abuse and other behaviors that put youth at
risk. This initiative was made possible with a grant from the Office of Minority Health, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. NLCI developed, trained and implemented this
initiatve for over 5 years. Over 450,000 people have received information through conferences,
special events and training since 1999.
Words for the Future/Creando el futuro
The program provides Latino families and caregivers with strategies and skills to help children develop
during the early years. The program’s underlying premise is that a child learns from every experience and
interaction, and as first teachers, parents have a unique opportunity to shape their children’s future by
providing them with meaningful interactions. This program was developed with a grant from the Meadows
Foundation and the Richard Robinson and Helen Benham Trust. Over 500 have been distributed to date
reaching over 10,000 families. Fifty radio PSAs were developed and ran four times in one year reaching
over 1 million listeners.
Creating the Voice for Young Latinos
While creating stronger and healthier communities, it is also imperative that young Latino are seen and heard. Too often, the
issues facing young Latinos are not a part of the national conversation, and many times, their plight is only known to those working
on the issues. NLCI, in partnership with organizations, government entities, corporations, and children’s champions, has
developed a number of events to ensure that young Latinos, in fact, all young people have the opportunity to be heard.
El Día de los Niños—Celebrating Young Americans
El Día de los Niños, Celebrating Young Americans is a gift from the Latino community to all children. It
underscores the tremendous value children have in a community’s life. Over 100 cities work with young
people to create parades, book festivals, health fairs, and other special events to promote the well-being of
children. Mayors and other leaders join in the celebration by passing resolutions and making public
commitments to children. Anyone can celebrate the day; however, official sites receive materials and
technical assistance from NLCI and become a part of a national network.
The Milagros project is a cultural stage for the voices of children. The word milagro, or miracle, represents
an ancient tradition of hanging small photos, symbols, and supplications in the churches of Latin America.
Children design and create artistic messages about their wishes, dreams, and hopes for the future as a part
of El Día de los Niños.
La Promesa de un Futuro Brillante
Every other year, NLCI selects outstanding community-based programs as exemplary models of “what
works” in the Latino community. Nominated by local elected officials and other community leaders, La
Promesa programs prove that negative statistics can be turned around when culturally appropriate
strategies are used for outreach and services. NLCI continues to work with the organizations providing
technical assistance, training in NLCI’s programs and linkages to funders and new programs.
During the conference, young people are invited to speak to government officials, corporate and
community representatives and provide their own testimony regarding conditions in their cities. Youth
have had the opportunity to speak with members of both the U.S. House and Senate, as well as make
presentations at El Día de los Niños events.
Join us as we create a better future for all children.
The National Latino Children's Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
118 Broadway St., Suite 615 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 228-9997 Fax (210) 228-9972
National Latino Children’s Agenda
The National Latino Children’s Agenda is a statement of principles essential for the healthy and complete development
of Latino children. It was developed following the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the
lack of child-centered input to a national document developed by the leading Latino organizations. National leaders
recognized that there wasn’t a children’s constituency represented in the NAFTA Latino Summit, although children
represented the largest population group along the U.S.-Mexico border. As a result, representatives of 46 regional
and national organizations gathered in 1994 to create the National Latino Children’s Agenda so that, in the future,
everyone would be able to represent Latino children’s interests. Over 150 national organizations and hundreds of
individuals have endorsed the Agenda, and many cities and groups use it as a guide to assure that children’s interests
We, the supporters of the Latino Children’s agenda, acknowledge that Latinos are an integral part of this country’s
past, present, and future; that the Latino population has contributed significantly to this country’s development
and will continue to do so; and that children are the center and the most precious aspect of Latino families and
It is to our children that we presently and historically devote our lives. Our children are interconnected with their
ancestors, extended family, and community. In advocating for Latino children, we are also advocating for the dignity,
respect, and fair treatment of all children. We stand united in the effort to assure the physical, emotional, mental, and
spiritual well-being of those we represent: the children.
Therefore, we promote the following principles for the complete and healthy development of all children.
❂ Children will be treated with dignity and respect.
❂ Children will live in loving and healthy homes.
❂ Children will live in a secure, safe, and healthy community.
❂ Children will have the right to achieve their highest potential.
❂ Children will have the right to see themselves positively and accurately reflected in literature, music, film,
media, and other forms of artistic expression.
❂ Children will have a voice and a role in the development of their programs and services.
❂ Children will receive comprehensive services that are affordable and fully accessible regardless of their
parent’s citizenship, language, work hours, migrant or economic status.
❂ Children who speak languages other than English will have access to bilingual education programs.
❂ Children will have educational equity from early childhood to higher education.
❂ The language, culture and spirituality of Latino children and families will be respected as an integral and
necessary part of their identity and development.
❂ The integrity of the extended family relationship will be respected in programs and policies.
❂ Families will be included in the creation and implementation of their children’s programs.
❂ Families will receive culturally and linguistically appropriate services from competent agencies and
❂ Families will participate in developing new economic and self-sufficiency opportunities for their communities.
❂ Latinos will participate in public and private policy and funding decisions.
❂ The workforce and community leaders will have access to professional preparation
❂ programs that develop culturally and linguistically appropriate skills and competencies.
❂ Funders will provide equitable funding opportunities commensurate with population size and need.
❂ The community will reflect and support the values and ideals of healthy Latino families.
Board of Directors
CHAIR * Dont fight with your hands fight with your mind teach us children somthing. I hop to
Henry L. Solano go to 4rd grader. I hop I want get a jop. I hope I go to HighSchool I hop I get to collepe *
Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP new computers * Folklorico dance classes *My school needs soccer team * Safe bike routs
Los Angeles, CA to school * Garden please * Drug free schools * Peace among all tollerance * More dance,
music, school programs * Frequent city council style
VICE-CHAIR meeting for young people to voice their concerns in their
José Rodríguez school or community * Deseo inventar cosas * Free after
Washington, DC school programs * Mi deseo es en este día del niño es ser
ciudadana y pasar el taas * Mi sueño en este mundo es que
SECRETARY/TREASURER aiga pas en este mundo y que no aiga violencia * I want to
Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza graduate from college, and be a fireman But before I graduate
AARP from college I want to be a chef at El Garrion * I wish that
Washington, DC all schools get Spanish books to learn how to write and read.
Give use good luck * When I grow up I want to be a teacher
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR * Deseo jugar basquetból para el NBA y lo que gane, voy a
Carlos Santiago dar a mi mamá * I wish for a computer * I wish that for me to
Santiago Solutions hava agood education so I can have a good job * Deseo que
Studio City, CA mis padres estean juntos otra vez * Yo quiero que todos los
DIRECTORS niños tenemos paz y felicidad * I wish our community can
learn to pay it forward * I want to be a doctor*I want to be a
Diana Cristina Díaz truck driver*I wish that my mon and dad won’t fight *
Univision Communications, Inc. Que en el mundo haya amor * I wish for a castle and a duck
Miami, FL and toys and pants for my mom and dad * Deseo que
caiga dinero del cielo para ayudar la familia * When I grow up I want to be an artist andd
M. Rita Jaramillo
teach kids how to draw * Cuando yo sea grande quiero ser una dentista y vivo en Houston
National Education Association
Texas. Dentista porque quiero que todos los ninos tengan dientes bonitos * Deseo que mi
familia tengan más sitio en una casa grande*I wish I could stop world hunger*
Deborah Ann Mulligan
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
NLCI was founded in 1997 as a national non-profit organization; and is the only national
Mary L. de Leon Siantz
University of Pennsylvania Latino organization whose primary focus is Hispanic children birth-18. NLCI’s mission is to
School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA focus the nation’s attention on issues and challenges facing young Latinos and to assist
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS communities in finding solutions. NLCI carries out its mission by working with community
Olga Aros organizations and national partners. Our history and expertise in working with the Latino
community, as well as the staff’s commitment and strong relationships with organizations
across the country, makes NLCI ideally suited to create and implement strategies that
Columbus, OH eliminate barriers to building healthy communities for young Latinos.
Mary Dodd Green
Univision Communications Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Gloria Rodriguez *For centuries, milagros have been used to ask for wishes, special intervention and good for-
Comunicad, Inc. tune. Made of wood, tin, bone paper and ribbon, milagros were placed in niches or crevices
Arlington, VA of churches or laid at the feet of a patron saint. NLCI has been collecting children’s and youth’s
wishes, hopes and dreams since 1996. Chilcren are encouraged to write about their dreams
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for themselves, their family, community or world.
Josephine F. Garza b 118 Broadway, Suite 615 b San Antonio, TX 78205 b
b 210.228.9997 b www.nlci.org b